Czech Language

Doctoral degree in full-time or combined form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied as a single subject or as a single subject with a specialization (Experimental and Applied Linguistics or Historical Languages of the Czech Lands).

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Admission to Doctoral degree programmes in 2023/2024 (beginning: Spring 2024)
Submission deadline until midnight 30 November 2023.

What will you learn?

The aim of the Ph.D. study programme Czech Language and Literature is to prepare graduates for a career in the academic sphere or in commercial sphere, at positions where a high qualification is required with the specialization in the field of linguistics (theoretical approaches to translation, locating and creating software applications etc.). During their studies, students will get acquainted with theoretical approaches to modern linguistics that reflect the structure of Czech from both synchronic and diachronic viewpoints. The Ph.D. study programme is organized within several sections corresponding to the scholarly orientation of members of the Department of Czech Language (linguistics from the synchronic viewpoint, linguistics from the diachronic viewpoint or corpus/computer linguistics). Ph.D. students are required to participate in work of several of the sections, within which they work on their Ph.D. projects. Besides acquiring knowledge from the sphere of contemporary linguistics, they also learn elementary techniques of linguistic work (use of a specific linguistic methodology, use of sources, evaluation of linguistic data, presentations of their own research in oral or printed forms, defending results of their research, team work). Under the supervision of experts, students in higher courses of the Ph.D. study programme participate in teaching at the Department of Czech Language, thus gaining elementary competences of a university teacher.

Within the Ph.D. programme focused on Czech language it is possible to take two specialized study plans:

1. The specialization Historical Languages of the Czech Lands is organized on the basis of Latin-German-Czech character (carried out by the Department of Classical Studies, by the Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies and by the Department of Czech Language). It is aimed at students interested in Paleo-Bohemistics from the linguistic point of view, presenting Old Czech in the proper Latin-German-Czech context. The aim of this specialization is to provide students with the possibility to get a complex insight into medieval literature from the viewpoint of theoretical approaches to both literature and language.

2. The specialization Experimental and applied linguistics is aimed at deepening the knowledge and skills in the sphere of using experimental methods and methods applying formal approaches to the natural languages (organized by the main linguistically orientated academic institutions: Department of Czech Language, Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages, Department of English and American Studies, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies). It is aimed at students interested in linguistics focused on the observation of language data and on their processing using mathematic methods and on theoretical issues relating to the application of formal methods on the material from the sphere of natural languages.

Career opportunities

Graduates are experts with the knowledge of Czech as a “system” and/or as a form of human behaviour. They are able to hold positions in an academic community focused on studying and/or teaching Czech or in disciplines orientated on language in general and on its applications, respectively (i.e. they are able to hold positions of university teachers, of independent research workers or development workers). Depending on the topic of their doctoral thesis, graduates are also ready to fulfil specialized tasks at various memorial institutions where the knowledge of history and/or of present-day state of language is required, especially with regard to their sources of information and to the information databases (graduates are able to create information databases, to work in departments dealing with manuscripts or as curators of collections of written sources/digital databases).

Admission requirements

Deadline for applications: August 1 - November 30.

Deadline for delivery of documents for the admission procedure: December 15.

Documents for the admission procedure:

  • signed CV;
  • list of publishing activities;
  • dissertation project.
  • Documents for the admission procedure must be inserted into the e-application (rubric “Documents”) by 15 December. Applicants are required to include their full name and application number on all attached documents.

    The entrance examination takes the form of an oral discussion over the doctoral thesis project.

    Notice: A poof of completion of a Master’s degree programme (officially certified copy of the diploma, in the case of education obtained abroad also the so-called recognition) shall be submitted by the accepted applicants upon enrolment in the studies. For the entrance examination, a proof of completion of a Master’s degree programme is not required.

Criteria for evaluation

Pass/fail line: 75 points (out of 100).


1 Aug – 30 Nov 2023

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Study options

Single-subject studies

Single-subject studies with specialization

In the single-subject studies, the student deepens knowledge in the concrete focus of the degree programme and chooses one specialization. The specialization is stated in the university diploma.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Doctoral
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization Yes
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction Czech
Doctoral board and doctoral committees

Do you have any questions?
Send us an e-mail to

doc. Mgr. Markéta Ziková, Ph.D.



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