Degree programme in a nutshell
Aim of the program is to train highly qualified linguistic and literary experts who will be able to deal independently with theoretical, methodological and practical issues in English philology.
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.
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 Program 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 Program Committee.
The maximum length of studies is 6 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 program is the candidate's participation in teaching 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).
What do we expect from you?
The admissions procedure may involves an interview (in English). Applicants must explain their choice of topic for their planned dissertation, showing a good knowledge of the relevant secondary literature on the topic in question; the dissertation may be related to the following topics:
- Linguistics: critical discourse analysis, genre analysis, comparative multimodal analysis, English as a lingua franca,
- Literature: Jewish American literature, Native literatures and cultures of North America, Anglo-American environmental literature, non-conformism and revolt in Anglo-American literature.
It is also expected that the applicant will be capable of demonstrating an excellent level of knowledge when responding to various questions on linguistic and literary disciplines that traditionally form part of philological curricula at university English departments.
What courses will you study? +
- Obligatory courses [A]
- Obligatory courses - Linguistic block [A]
- Obligatory courses - Literary block [A]
- Semi-optional courses [B]
- Semi-optional courses - foreign language [B]
- Semi-optional courses - international mobility [B]
- Semi-optional courses - project/conference [B]
- Semi-optional courses - publication [B]
- Optional courses [C]
- Doktorská škola OU [B]
Conditions for admission +
- Submit the application to study and pay the administrative fee for the admissions procedure.
- Submit a portfolio (send to the e-mail address or attach to e-application):
- a doctoral dissertation research proposal
- a curriculum vitae, including information on the applicant's proficiency in foreign languages according to the CEFR,
- an overview of relevant activities (publications, participation in conferences, study stays abroad),
- if available, a letter of recommendation from a university teacher or researcher,
- any language certificates awarded to the applicant.
- Obtain an official document proving your previous education as stipulated by the Conditions for admission. For a doctoral degree programme, full completion of studies in at least a Master's degree programme. If you completed the previous 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.
We strongly recommend that applicants submit the required documents as soon as possible due to the complexity of the visa application process.
Department coordinating your studies
- 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.