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. Submission of an electronic application in the Masaryk University Information System.
  2. Meet the eligibility criteria set out in the paragraph above.
  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 (e. g. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, Africa and Asia), 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.)

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.




Recommended study plans and other information can be found in the faculty study catalouge.

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.

Programmes taught in Czech are completely tuition fee, but a serious working knowledge of Czech is required.

If you are interested in studying in Czech or would like to improve your command of the language, you might consider registering in a preliminary language course one year prior to your enrolment at Masaryk University.

The one-year-long preparatory course is designed specifically for students seeking enrolment into a university degree programme taught in Czech. This course will help you develop your Czech language skills and/or improve your existing knowledge of the language to enable you to pass the entrance exams and pursue the degree of your choice at Masaryk University. In addition to improving your level of Czech, this course will also provide you with a better understanding of Czech society and culture. 

Find out more

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. 

In the 2019 Ranking, our university has improved its score in many areas and a total of 8 study programs have to the top 550 best subjects (up from 5 in 2018).

Our English Language & Literature study program has ranked 201–250.

Find out more

Czech Courses

All students of English language programs will have the possibility to attend Czech language courses free of charge.


Scholarships provide financial support for students. You can be awarded a scholarship for good grade average, for instance, or as part of scholarship programmes published by MU or individual faculties in accordance with the MU Scholarship Code.

Accommodation Grant

Masaryk University students who meet conditions set out in section 8 of the MU Scholarship and Bursary Regulations may be awarded an accommodation grant. The accommodation grant is paid out by MU in two scholarship periods: 1 January to 30 June and 1 July to 31 December. For more information click here.

Scholarship programme in support of humanitarian activities

The Rector's Scholarship Programme in Support of Humanitarian Activities Implemented by MU Students is established as per Rector's Provision No. 8/2015. The purpose of this scholarship programme is the granting of special-purpose scholarships in accordance with section 91, subsection 2, letter e) of the Higher Education Act by Masaryk University (hereinafter referred to as “MU”). The scholarship programme is designed to support MU students who have chosen to engage in voluntary humanitarian activities of society-wide significance, thus demonstrating their affiliation with values espoused by MU. For more information click here.

Rector’s scholarship programme

The Rector's Scholarship Programme is stipulated by the Rector's Provision 8/2012 (Czech only). The purpose of the scholarship programme is to support inter-faculty or inter-university student activities. These activities are linked in particular to the development of formal and informal education, supporting the development of strategic objectives and the development of the values of MU and the representation of the university (socially, culturally, and in the areas of sport and scientific research). for more information click here.

Scholarship for artistic and cultural activities of Faculty of Arts´ students

Faculty of Arts offers this scholarship to support exceptional projects that develop association and organization culture at the Faculty. Supported events range from organization of debates and lectures, exhibitions, concerts and plays to publishing student magazines and others. The call for applications is open twice a year - in February and in September. It is regulated by the rules set out in this document (in Czech): Stipendijní program pro podporu spolkové, kulturní a umělecké činnosti studentů Filozofické fakulty MU

Average-grade scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to students that comply with the following conditions:
1. students of bachelor and master full-time programs at the Faculty of Arts;
2. in the past semester have completed at least 31 (without recognition) ECTS;
3. the average grade during their studies is between:
      a) 1.0 and 1.2 and their average is among the top 10 % of all students in their respective study program OR
      b) 1.21 and 1.4 their average is among the top 10 % of all students in their respective study program;
4. during their whole studies they have never received an F, N or X grade (including recognition);
5. they have not passed the standard study time of the program (6 semesters for Bachelor and 4 semesters for Master);
6. they do not have any unpaid study fees for their present or past studies programs at the Faculty of Arts.
Students do not have to apply for the scholarship, it will be assigned to them automatically if they fulfill all the requirements. For more information (in Czech) about the scholarship click here.

Contact Information

If you have any question 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 Ph.D. 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 who is currently pursuing his Ph.D. 

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.