English Language

Degree Programme: Philology

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Degree: Doctoral

Duration: 3 years

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

Form of Study: Full-time and Part-time


The English-language version of the degree subject “English Language” 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.

Aims of the programme:

  • to train highly qualified linguistic experts who will be able to deal independently with methodological and practical issues in synchronic and diachronic linguistics,
  • to improve the current structure of research/teaching teams at the University and to offer existing teachers the opportunity to acquire additional qualifications.

Admissions procedures:

The conditions given below are stipulated by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava in accordance with Section 49, Subsections 1–5, Act no. 111/1998 Sb. on higher education institutions, as subsequently amended.

The application form (in electronic form; the submission deadline is generally on 31 August of each year) must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae
  • a document showing the applicant’s citizenship
  • a certified copy of a document showing that the applicant is the holder of a university degree at Master’s level (Mgr. / M.A. or equivalent)
  • an overview of the applicant’s research activities to date (e.g. publications, study visits, courses, conferences, etc.)
  • a research statement, i.e. a plan outlining the intended topic and structure of the applicant’s dissertation (in English)
  • a reference from a member of the teaching/research community

The admissions procedure involves an interview (in English). Applicants must explain their choice of topic for their planned dissertation, showing a good knowledge of the relevant linguistic literature on the topic in question; the dissertation may focus on topics related to professional language and professional discourse. The Department may propose topics for dissertations that pursue tailor-made research to doctoral level in any of the research areas that the Department is engaged in and has expertise in. Candidates may propose their own topics that cover research within the department.

It is also expected that the applicant will be capable of demonstrating an excellent level of knowledge when responding to various questions on linguistic disciplines that traditionally form part of philological curricula at university English linguistics departments. All applicants are also required to undergo the test of language competence demonstrating a minimum C1 skill level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The criteria will be clearly stated in the Postgraduate Admissions Statement together with clear guidance on what is required, any deadlines and how work will be assessed. The University does not consider performance in Master's-level studies, or similar qualifications, in the admissions process.

The interview is conducted in person; it cannot be conducted by correspondence or electronic communication. The date of the interview (usually in September) is announced by the Dean of the Faculty on the recommendation of the Chair of the Doctoral Programme Committee.

Structure of studies:

Doctoral studies are based on an individual curriculum drafted by the student after consultation with an appointed supervisor. This draft curriculum is then approved by the Doctoral Programme Committee and its Chair. The supervisor monitors progress on the curriculum on a regular basis, and reports on progress if so requested by the Chair of the Doctoral Programme Committee.

The maximum length of studies is 5 years; during this period, the candidate must pass examinations in compulsory subjects, gain course credits from compulsory-optional subjects (chosen by the candidate from the subjects on offer), pass the State Doctoral Examination and defend his/her dissertation.

A compulsory component of the doctoral degree programme is the candidate’s participation in teaching (in full-time form) and research activities at the Department, participation in selected conferences, publication of articles (e.g. presenting interim research results), and at least one study visit to a partner university abroad (one semester).

Overview of courses:

Compulsory subjects (terminated by examinations):

  • History of Linguistics,
  • Language for Non-Native Speakers (choice from German, French, Spanish, Russian, Czech as a Foreign Language),
  • English from the Historical and Sociolinguistic Perspective,
  • Czech/Slovak English Studies and the Prague School.

Compulsory-optional subjects (terminated by course credits):

  • Functional Sentence Perspective,
  • Linguistic Characteristics of English,
  • Pragmatics and Text Linguistics,
  • Selected Chapters from English Stylistics,
  • Selected Chapters from Idiomatology.

Optional subjects:

  • Language Planning and Educational Linguistics,
  • Basics of Gothic,
  • Semiotics of Language and Culture.

Language of Instruction: English

Minimum Credit Requirements: 120 ECTS