Degree programme in a nutshell
Do you want to develop your language proficiency, which will enable you to deepen your understanding of English literature? Do you like reading and would you like to learn to uncover how language works in key Anglophone literary texts? Would you like to study how language is used and functions in traditional and newly emerging media?
You'll develop linguistic competence and expertise in all key areas of English studies: improve your English-language communicative competence, get good insight into the structure and systems of the English language, and develop a solid knowledge of the literatures and cultures of English-speaking countries.
You'll begin with subjects describing sound and grammatical systems of the English language. You'll explore social and cultural history of Great Britain and the United States. You'll get a solid foundation in Introduction to English Language Studies and to the Study of Literature and study how language and literature interact with society. In American and British Literature you'll learn how to study, evaluate and interpret literary genres and movements using key literary critical concepts.
You'll move on to subjects such as Lexicology and Stylistics, Discourse Analysis, New Media and Communication, Corpus-Based English Language Studies in which you gain knowledge of the key approaches for linguistic, discourse analytical and corpus-oriented analysis. You'll also be able to choose from semi-optional courses ranging from Intercultural Communication to Jewish American Literature. In the third year you will write your Bachelor dissertation on a topic reflecting most of our students' special needs and interests.
You may also choose to spend some time abroad exploring the culture and society for yourself while studying at a partner institution, or undertaking a work placement. Find out more about studying abroad at International Cooperation and Exchange Programmes.
What do we expect from you?
The admission procedure does not include an entrance examination. In order to benefit fully from the programme, you must first demonstrate sufficient ability to understand and express yourself in both spoken and written English. Your will be evaluated on the basis of your submitted certificate of language proficiency certificate (IELTS Academic 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each part; ToEFL iBT 80 overall with at least 18 in each part) proving that your proficiency in the English language reaches at least level B2 (in CEFR).
What will you learn?
You will acquire linguistic knowledge and competences necessary for communication in various types of institutions:
- you will increase your English language competence to the level of proficiency (C1 in CEFR) developing your communication skills in a variety of domains;
- you will get acquainted with essential approaches to text analysis and learn how to employ them to be able to uncover and explore the text structure, function, and the layers of meaning for its effective reading and interpretation;
- you will learn how to understand historical and cultural contexts and domains of Anglophone countries;
- you will be able to get oriented in Anglophone literary theory using specialized literary terminology that will enable you to analyse and interpret crucial literary texts;
- you will learn the essentials of academic writing production that will enable you to write your thesis; you will learn how to write effective academic texts and how to analyze them;
- you will be able to identify a variety of professional and specialised genres, and you will be trained in critical reading so as to reveal the author’s intention and communication strategies.
How will the degree equip you for the job market?
As an English Philology graduate you will develop critical, analytical and communication skills which enable you to pursue two possible paths: to continue your studies in our Master's programme(s), or to enter the labour market. Our recent graduates have entered careers as diverse as tourism, the media, publishing, international relations, translating and interpreting, industry and commerce, and further studies.
- international officer
- public relations officer
- tourism manager
- embassy officers
- EU institution assistant
What courses will you study? +
Conditions for admission +
- Submit the application to study and pay the administrative fee for the admissions procedure.
- Get the language proficiency certificate: The certificate of the IELTS test (Test Report Form – TRF) or the TOEFL score report needs to be sent directly by the testing centre to the e-mail address , or, if you have already received the certificate, you need to submit a copy of the certificate to the above-mentioned e-mail address as soon as possible. The issue date of the language certificate must not be before 1 May 2022.
- Obtain an official document proving your previous education as stipulated by the Conditions for admission, art. 3, 5. If you completed the secondary or higher education in a foreign country (outside the Czech Republic), we recommend that you submit the Application for The Recognition of Foreign Education to the University of Ostrava – see Foreign Transcripts.
Please note that it is recommended to apply well ahead of the deadline on 15 May 2023 at 24:00 (UTC+1) as it will give you more time to:
- react should your documents have deficiencies and, for example, submit insufficient documents anew.
- get answers to your questions by our admission advisers.
We strongly recommend that applicants submit the required documents as soon as possible due to the complexity of the visa application process.
The deadline for application and submission of all required documents is 15 May 2023.
Department coordinating your studies
- The student advisor for the degree programme will provide more information on the content of the programme Mgr. Andrea Holešová, Ph.D.
- General questions on studies and the admissions procedure will be answered at Student Office.
- Questions from applicants with specific needs (e.g. a disability) will be answered by our Centrum Pyramida.
- Do you need advice on what else you could study or which studies are most suitable for you? Contact our Counseling and Career Centre.