Philological Area Studies

Slavic areas: both close and different

What will you learn?

Doctoral study programme of philological area studies aims at preparing a complexly educated professional in the specialized area programme, that will understand the cultural context and broader literal, linguistic and historical issues of the studied area. Study of such doctoral program at the Department of Slavonic Studies is logical, as Slavonic Studies are an area study itself, engaging in comparative study of often mixed (Slavic – non-Slavic) areas of Central and Eastern Europe and Balkans on the background of other European language and cultural areas. Area studies solders different disciplines of humanities (philology, history, anthropology, ethnology, cultural studies in general) together, what adds to scientific complexity and wide scope of knowledge of the graduate and is therefore designated for graduates of Slavistics master studies, as well as other humanities, mainly history or ethnology.

The main form of the doctoral study programme is systematic preparation for inventive scientific and specialized work under individual guidance of the designated advisor. The comparative typology of artistic, journalist and specialized texts, connected with field research and deep archive heuristics should serve as a base for this aim.

Study of this program will introduce the PhD candidates to all stages of the research process – from preparation of the research project through gathering, analysis, and critical evaluation of the data or source figures to the publication of the outcomes and finishing the dissertation. Credit system of the study provides possibility of planning an individual time schedule and its modification at any time, including planning study or research stays abroad or field research. Doctoral and specialized seminaries should help the PhD candidate in his/her specialized training. During these seminaries, the PhD candidate discusses the topic and problems of his/her dissertation in a broader specialized group of his/her colleagues and advisors, that adds to the development of critical thinking and argumentation skills or critical interpretation of texts and source materials. Special lectures of foreign specialists are included in the curriculum, as these help to widen the knowledge base of a PhD candidate and improve his/her language skills (the study requires mastering of one world language and one other Slavic language outside of original study field of the PhD candidate). It is anticipated that a PhD candidate will present outcomes of his/her research on conferences, colloquia, workshops, or round tables inland and abroad, as well as in a foreign specialized journal (at least once). During this study, a PhD candidate must write at least one review of a specialized publication connected to his/her doctoral project, and prepare for his/her further scientific praxis by composing and submission of a grant application. In additional courses he/she widens his/her competence in theory and methodology and in line with his/her individual study plan attends theoretical, methodological, fractographical or language courses corresponding to his/her areal focus and dissertation project. Study allows him/her to learn how to popularize a research process, work with media and finally will the PhD candidate under the supervision of his/her advisor prepare a specialized course for bachelor students, corresponding to his/her dissertation project and therefore gain a non-negligible pedagogical skill.

Career opportunities

A PhD graduate is a qualified and competent expert of the matters of the philological area studies in general as well as in the field of one or more cultural areas, such as Central Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe. He/she is also an expert on the matter of minority cultures, multiculturalism, and cultural comparative studies in the context of the chosen area. By mastering the theoretical and methodological difficulties of the research and mastering skills needed for the organizational and publishing scientific work as well as pedagogical skills, he/she is designated for further scientific career on universities and other scientific institutions. Besides the specialized knowledge, he/she will be able to offer independent thinking and acting, critical and rational reasoning and continuous work with information. Wide offer of specialized courses will prepare him/her for communication with media about the problems of the examined area or areas, as well as for popularization of the outcomes of (not only his/her) scientific work and will be therefore prepared for work also outside of the academic sphere. All the above stated, together with language skills and exceptionally wide area scope will allow him/her to employ in the EU institutions and other international organizations including NGOs, he/she will be also prepared for execution of middle and higher functions in the public sphere, might employ in the political functions connected with international relations, education and cultural politics of the state. Wide cultural outlook, knowledge of history, literature and linguistic issues of the area can point the graduate to the diplomatic service.

Admission requirements

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Aug – 30 Nov 2021)

Deadline for applications: September 14 - November 30, 2021.

Deadline for delivery of documents for the admission procedure: December 15, 2021.

Documents for the admission procedure:

  • signed CV;
  • list of publications;
  • dissertation project;
  • cover letter.
  • All documents are to be inserted to the e-application ("Documents section"), deadline December 15, 2021. Applicants are requested to include their full name and application number in all attached documents.

    The entrance exam will be an interview on the dissertation project.

    Notice that proof of completion of the master's study (officially certified copy of the diploma, in the case of education, obtained abroad also the so-called nostrification) shall be submitted by the accepted applicants when enrolling in the study. It is not required to prove the completion of a master's degree at the interview.

Criteria for evaluation

Success limit: 70 points (max. 100 points).

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Doctoral
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
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

Mgr. Pavel Pilch, Ph.D.



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