English Language and Literature

General Information

This degree programme contains four disciplines focusing on issues relating to the study of English philology:

  • language skills,
  • linguistics and translation,
  • literary studies,
  • cultural studies.

Within each of these areas, students take a number of type A/required courses followed up with a selection of type B/selective and type C/elective courses. The type A/required courses provide general introductions and the necessary theoretical background to work in the specific discipline in question. Type B/selective courses focus on specific topics within each of the disciplines. In addition, students have the opportunity to take a number of type C/elective courses of their own choosing. With the exception of some courses in translation, all teaching, coursework, and exams in this degree programme are carried out in the English language.

A successful graduate is able to
  • produce complex written and oral expression in English
  • have deep knowledge of the literatures, cultures, and histories of the major English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, and the Commonwealth countries

Graduate Employment

Graduates with this degree are capable of complex written and oral expression in English. They have a deep knowledge of the literatures, cultures, and histories of the major English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, and the Commonwealth countries. In addition to work in the fields of translating, interpreting, editing, journalism, tourism, and teaching (at both the secondary and tertiary levels), graduates are well-suited for any profession that demands the ability to think and express themselves independently and critically.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility Criteria

This fee-paying program is open to graduates of secondary schools holding a Czech maturita (secondary-school leaving exam) or an officially recognized equivalent from another country.

You do not have to come to Brno personally to take the entrance exam. The result of the admission process depends on the quality of the documents that you provide. Those will be assessed by the admission committee and you will be notified about the results via e-mail.

Terms of Admission
  1. Meet the eligibility criteria set out in the paragraph above.
  2. Submission of an electronic application in the Masaryk University Information System.
  3. Submission of two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a teacher.
  4. Submission of a Statement of Purpose (500 words maximum) in English, explaining why the applicant wishes to study in this degree program accredited in English and why the applicant wishes to study in this Department.
  5. Demonstrate English-language skills at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language by submitting one of the following certificates (not more than one year old at the time of the submission of the application):
    • IELTS Academic with a score of 6.5 or higher
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a mark of A or B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
    • TOEFL iBT score of 79 or higher
    • Applicants who have graduated from a secondary school in an English-speaking country (i.e. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand) having attended the said school for two or more years, need not submit test scores.
  6. Submission of a transcript of secondary school studies, which must include:
    • Dates you attended the institution
    • Titles of courses and examinations you completed
    • Grades (marks) you received, including on school-leaving exams (A-levels, etc.)
Entrance exam

The evaluation of the applications will be done in two steps:

  1. Evaluation of the submitted documents.
  2. An oral interview (via Skype if step 1 is passed).

Admission to study English Language and Literature will be offered to those applicants selected by the Department's Entrance Exam Committee, based on a complex evaluation of the applicant's language skills, recommendations, and motivation.

Application Filing Period

1 January - 30 April for the following academic year.

Documents set out above in the Terms of Admission are required to be provided in digital form and attached to the online application by April 30th.






The First Year is composed of compulsory courses introducing students into the fields of the study dealt within the following years. 

In the second stage of the Bachelor’s degree studies (2nd and 3rd years), one course is compulsory and the rest are elective. At the end of their studies, students write a Bachelor’s diploma thesis and pass the final bachelor’s state exam which consists of four written exams in literature, linguistics, cultural studies, and the English language.

Students are obliged to gain 4 credits in Philosophy and 2 credits in Physical Training (common courses compulsory for all students of the Faculty of Arts offered by the Department of Philosophy and the Faculty of Sports, respectively) and to meet the Faculty's criteria concerning other foreign languages (min. 4 credits).

In order to be allowed to sit for the Bachelor's exam (AJL19999) at the end of the Bachelor's degree studies, a minimum of 170 credits must be gained.

  1. First Year.
    • The First Year Program of the studies of English Language and Literature is composed of compulsory courses with the following codes (37 credits total):
      • Fall semester:
      • AJL01001 Practical Language I (2 credits)
      • AJL02001 Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr.)
      • AJL02003 English Grammar I - lecture (1 cr.)
      • AJL02004 English Grammar I - seminar (3 cr.)
      • AJL04000 Introduction to Literary Studies I - lecture (1 cr.)
      • AJL04001 Introduction to Literary Studies I - seminar (2 cr.)
      • AJL06001 Introduction to British Studies I (2 cr.)
      • AJL07001 Introduction to American Studies I (2 cr.)
      • Spring semester
      • AJL01002 Practical Language II (2 cr.)
      • AJL02002 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (4 cr.)
      • AJL02005 English Grammar II - lecture (1 cr.)
      • AJL02006 English Grammar II - seminar (2 cr.)
      • AJL04002 Introduction to Literary Studies II - lecture (1 cr.)
      • AJL04003 Introduction to Literary Studies II - seminar (2 cr.)
      • AJL06002 Introduction to British Studies II (4 cr.)
      • AJL07002 Introduction to American Studies II (4 cr.)
  1. In the 2nd and 3rd Years, students choose their own program each semester. Nevertheless, they must fulfill the following requirements:

    1. Pass the compulsory courses Academic Writing (AJL13001) and Spoken Fluency (AJL11501) and finish them with exams.
    2. Pass Introduction to Sociolinguistics (AJL12070) and finish it with an exam.
    3. Pass two linguistic courses and finish them with exams. The codes for these courses begin AJL12xxx.
    4. Pass two basic literary courses and finish them with exams; one of them dealing with the history of British literature (codes AJL14000 to AJL14007) and one with the history of American literature (codes AJL15000 to AJL15002).
    5. Pass one cultural studies course and finish it with exams. The codes of these courses begin with AJL16xxx, AJL17xxx, and AJL18xxx.
    6. Pass the exam in the Practical English Exam (AJL11010), normally at the end of the 4th semester.
    7. Pass the English Language Oral Proficiency Exam (AJL11020)
    8. Gain at least 60 additional credits for courses offered at the Department of English and American Studies.
    9. Gain at least 18 additional credits for any courses offered at Masaryk University.
      1. The Department recommends that students acquire these 18 credits, along with the 10 credits required by University and Faculty regulations (physical education, a second foreign language, and philosophy) during their first year of study.
    10. Pass the Bachelor's Thesis Seminars (AJL19800, and AJL19801, 5 credits each) and write and defend a Bachelor's diploma thesis (AJL19850).
      The process of writing a B.A. major thesis usually lasts at least two semesters: in the first semester, the student prepares for writing and submits assignments in the electronic Thesis Seminar, and in the second semester, the student writes, finishes and hands in the thesis.

Study plan

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees: € 2,500/academic year (degree program taught in English).

    Students who require a visa and who are denied one will be refunded 90 % of the school-fee only if they send us confirmation that their visa was denied. The money will be returned by bank transfer only.

QS World University Ranking

The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics are used to rank universities. 

Our English Language & Literature study program has been ranked 251–300.

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Courses of Czech for Foreigners

All students of this program are entitled to study two semesters of Czech for foreigners free of charge. It is not obligatory but it might be handy.


If you have any questions regarding the application and admission procedures or the tuition fees, please contact us at admission@phil.muni.cz.

However, if you would like to know more about what is it like to study at Masaryk University, how is the life of a student at the Faculty of Arts or if you have some questions that require personal experience, we have a solution for you as well! You can contact our student ambassador Stefan Veleski at ambassador@phil.muni.cz.

Stefan speaks Macedonian, English, Czech, and Russian. His favorite motto is:

“I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better.” 

― Elon Musk

Mgr. Stefan Veleski, B.A.


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