Literatures in English, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • Czech, English
Masaryk University ,
Literatures in English provides advanced instruction in both traditional areas of literary studies as well as in contextual, interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to literature and culture. Masaryk University offers a PhD in Literatures in English.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Students can either specialize in one of the four major Anglophone areas – British and Irish literature, North American literature, Australian and New Zealand literature, and other literatures in English – or they can do a comparative study in two or more of these areas.

Masaryk University offers a PhD in Literatures in English

Methodological approaches may include national/transnational, ethnic, gender, queer, postcolonial, regional and other aspects shaping literary studies. The program is designed to encourage students to expand their literary-critical focus while also developing their teaching skills, networking and professionalism.

Main objectives of the program:
  • expanding rigorous research and methodological skills in their literary-critical and critical-theoretical work
  • obtaining detailed knowledge of the critical scholarship in the selected area of Anglophone literatures in both Czech and international contexts
  • acquiring personal experience with and professional growth within both Czech and international academic environment
A successful graduate is able to
  • a complex overview and detailed knowledge of the field of literary studies (literary history, criticism, literary genres)
  • a deep understanding of interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to literature (ethnic, gender, postcolonial, regional, etc.)
  • an expertise in one of the four Anglophone literary areas (British and Irish literatures; North American literatures; Australian and New Zealand literatures; other literatures in English)
Graduate employment

The program endeavours to reflect the latest developments in the field of Anglophone literary studies as well as a range of soft skills. This allows PhD candidates to enter the job market not only in academia but also in journalism, diplomacy, various national and transnational NGOs as well as in public service and commercial sector.


Accredited until 31.7.2017

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in Czech
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

For more information please visit the programme website !

Academic Requirements

Section A: Eligibility Criteria
This fee-paying full-time mode degree programme is open to those individuals holding a Master's degree in a field related to English philology (literature and/or linguistics) or teaching English (as either a first or second language) from an institution of higher education in the Czech Republic or abroad.
Section B: Terms of Admission
  • An electronic application submitted in the Masaryk University Information System.
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation in English.
  • Submission of a copy of the applicants Master's Thesis (in English). If this is not available, an English-language summary of the thesis must be provided together with a minimum twenty page sample of the applicant's academic or scholarly writing in English. Graduates of Masaryk University need not submit a copy, as their theses are available to the Doctoral Studies Committee via the Masaryk University Information System.
  • Submission of a transcript(s) of university/college studies, which must include:(Dates you attended the institution(s) and Titles of courses and examinations you completed and the marks received)
  • Submission of a research proposal for the doctoral dissertation (in English).
  • A statement of motivation to pursue a doctoral degree in the Literatures in English at Masaryk University (in English).
  • Submission of an academic Curriculum Vitae (in English).
  • An English-language test score not more than one year old at the submission of the application from the following testing agencies:
  • IELTS score of 8.0 or higher
  • Certificate of Cambridge Proficiency in English with a mark of A or B
  • TOEFL iBT score of 110 or higher

Graduates of colleges or universities located in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, Africa and Asia) need not submit test scores.

  • Receive a positive recommendation from the Literatures in English Doctoral Studies Committee, which is based on a complex evaluation of the materials set out in Items 1 to 8.
  • In addition, all applicants with foreign degrees (except as set out below) must submit their Master's degree for official recognition by the Czech Republic's Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. As this process ("nostrification") can take several months, it is recommended that applicants submit this paperwork concurrently with their application. Applicants without this official recognition are not permitted to enrol at the University

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 2700 International
  • EUR 2700 EU/EEA


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