English Language and Literature

Degree Programme: Philology

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Degree: Master

Duration: 2 years

Tuition fee: 1,500 Euros per year (42,000 CZK)

Form of Study: Full-time

Aims and Course Design

The English-language version of the follow-on Master's degree subject “English Language and Literature” is aimed primarily at international students whose knowledge of Czech is insufficient to enable them to study in the Czech-language version. All the courses offered as part of the degree are taught in English, and communication with students (both at the department and faculty level) will likewise be in English.

The structure, content and extent of the follow-on Master's degree “English Language and Literature” follows on directly from the English-language version of the three-year Bachelor's degree “English Language and Literature”.

The follow-on Master's degree “English Language and Literature” is a philological programme which requires candidates to possess an advanced level of language competence (CEFR level C1 – “proficient user”), a very good knowledge of the grammatical and lexical systems of modern English, an awareness of the characteristic features of functional styles, a basic awareness of the literature of English-speaking countries, and a general knowledge of these countries' culture and history. This knowledge and these skills are further developed and enhanced in the follow-on Master's degree. In linguistics, students' knowledge of the modern English language is complemented by a knowledge of historical grammar and diachronic language change; there is an extensive focus on higher levels of language and features of linguistic communication (text linguistics, linguistic pragmatics, sociolinguistics); and there is also an emphasis on a contrastive approach (linguistic interference). In literature, students acquire a deeper knowledge primarily of modern British and American literature, while also broadening their horizons to encompass literary criticism.

Graduate Profile and Career Opportunities

The aim of the degree is to ensure that graduates attain an expert level of philological knowledge and are experienced, independent users of the English language (CEFR level C2), with a solid knowledge of English linguistics and of the literatures and cultures of English-speaking countries; this knowledge and these skills can be applied by graduates in a wide range of professions requiring independent intellectual work and expertise in the above-mentioned areas.

Graduates are highly competent users of the English language in both written and spoken forms, applying their language skills in formal and informal situations of various types. Graduates are able to independently and creatively apply their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in carrying out expert tasks, intellectual work and research; they are also able to systematically develop their skills and knowledge depending on practical requirements. Besides working professionally with language and texts of various types, graduates also possess a high degree of cultural erudition, which can be effectively applied in intercultural communication and international cooperation.


Minimum Credit Requirements: 120 ECTS
Language of Instruction: English

Compulsory courses (block status: A) Number of credits: 120
Course codeCourse nameCreditsTeaching periods
+ practical
+ seminar
Form of completion:
Ex = exam
Ot = other
Year, semester:
W = winter
S = summer
KAA/CKULTIntroduction to Czech culture 70 + 20 + 0Ot1, W
KCJ/CECI1Czech for foreigners 140 + 3 + 0Ot1, W
KAA/NHIM1Historical grammar of English 142 + 0 + 0Ot1, W
KAA/NKPLC1Selected chapters from literature 160 + 2 + 0Ex1, W
KAA/NLICHCLinguistic characteristics 62 + 0 + 0Ex1, W
KAA/NLIKCDevelopment of literary criticism62 + 0 + 0Ex1, W
KAA/NNTELCText linguistics61 + 1 + 0Ex1, W
KAA/NPROPTranslation skills50 + 2 + 0Ot1, W
KCJ/CECI2Czech for foreigners 240 + 3 + 0Ot1, S
KAA/NDIS1Diploma seminar50 + 2 + 0Ot1, S
KAA/NHIM2Historical grammar of English 250 + 2 + 0Ex 1, S
KAA/NKPASCChapters from American studies60 + 1 + 0Ex1, S
KAA/NKPBSCChapters from British studies60 + 1 + 0Ex1, S
KAA/NLASCMedieval English literature61 + 1 + 0Ex1, S
KAA/NPRGMCLinguistic pragmatics61 + 1 + 0Ex1, S
KAA/NDIS2Diploma seminar 250 + 2 + 0Ot2, W
KAA/NJINTLinguistic interference50 + 2 + 0Ot2, W
KAA/NKPLC2Selected chapters from literature 260 + 2 + 0Ex2, W
KAA/NKPLC3Selected chapters from literature 360 + 2 + 0Ex2, W
KAA/NNSOLCSociolinguistics61 + 1 + 0Ex2, W
KAA/NDIS3Diploma seminar 3100 + 2 + 0Ot2, S
KAA/SNJ1AState final examination – English language00 + 0 + 0State final examination2, S
KAA/SNJ2AState final examination – British and American literature00 + 0 + 0State final examination2, S

Admissions Requirements

The follow-on Master's degree programme is designed for graduates of three-year Bachelor's degrees. Candidates are expected to possess an excellent level of language competence (level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in all language skills (pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, speaking and listening, reading comprehension, writing skills) and a sound knowledge of basic linguistic disciplines, the structure and systems of the English language, the development of British and American literature, as well as the life, culture and institutions of English-speaking countries.

The admission requirements are based on the knowledge and skills required for the successful completion of the three-year Bachelor's degree. Suitability for admission is tested via the entrance examination.

The entrance examination is in written form; it verifies candidates' language competence and Bachelor-level knowledge of English phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology, stylistics, and British/American literature.

Numbers of points available for individual parts of the examination (total number of points for the examination = 100):

  1. test of specialist knowledge – linguistic part and literary part, each representing 35 points (total number of points in this part of the examination = 70)
  2. test of language competence – C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (30 points)

The sole evaluation criterion for admission is the result of the written entrance examination.

All candidates must take the entrance examination.

Content and Structure of the State Final Examination

The state final examination consists of the defence of the diploma thesis and an oral examination consisting of a linguistic part and a literary part.

The defence of the diploma thesis (60–80 pages of main text, written in English) takes place in English; when presenting the goals, methods and conclusions of the thesis, students must demonstrate the necessary expertise and language competence, the ability to produce independent expert and intellectual work in the field, and the ability to conduct an expert discussion on the given topic.

Oral Examination:

The requirements for the oral examination are based on the content and extent of the compulsory linguistic, literary and literary-critical courses studied within the degree programme. The oral examination is conducted in the English language. As part of the oral examination, students present a reading list of scholarly literature on linguistics and a reading list of British and American literature.