Literatures in English

General information

This fee-paying full-time mode programme is open to those individuals holding a Master's degree in a field related to English philology (literature and/or linguistics) or teaching English (as either a first or second language) from an institution of higher education in the Czech Republic or abroad.

Forms of study

Doctoral studies are exclusively one-subject study programmes. The length of study of all study programmes is four years. Graduates of Doctoral degree study programmes are awarded an internationally recognized scientific degree of philosophiæ doctor (Ph.D.). The doctoral study represents the highest degree of university education.

Full-time and combined forms of study

It is possible to study in two ways.

Full-time study means that your study duties are spread over the working days (Mon-Fri) according to your timetable. Full-time students participate in lectures, conferences, and educational and research activities of the workplace.

Combined form of study is more often chosen by those applicants who have other responsibilities (e.g. employment or family) that do not allow them to attend classes daily.

Find a supervisor

Have you selected a field of study and your thesis topic? Find out which supervisors are accepting new students at the department you have chosen for your Ph.D. studies at the Faculty of Arts.

Then, contact your future supervisor directly. They will serve as your guide and thesis consultant throughout your studies. They can also help you formulate your thesis topic.

You can find the list of supervisors with their respective research fields here. For the contact information, please click here.

Admission Requirements

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

It is recommended that you choose and contact your supervisor before sending your application. For more information click here.

  1. Submission of an electronic application in the Masaryk University Information System.
  2. Submission of three letters of recommendation in English.
  3. Submission of a copy of the applicants Master's Thesis (in English). If this is not available, an English-language summary of the thesis must be provided together with a minimum twenty-page sample of the applicant's academic or scholarly writing in English. Graduates of Masaryk University need not submit a copy, as their theses are available to the Doctoral Studies Committee via the Masaryk University Information System.
  4. Submission of a transcript(s) of university/college studies, which must include:
    • Dates you attended the institution(s)
    • Titles of courses and examinations you completed and the marks received
  5. Submission of a research proposal for the doctoral dissertation (in English).
  6. Submission of a statement of motivation to pursue a doctoral degree in the English Language at Masaryk University (in English).
  7. Submission of an academic Curriculum Vitae (in English).
  8. Demonstrate English-language skills at the C2 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 score of 8.0 or higher
    • Certificate of Cambridge Proficiency in English with a mark of A or B
    • TOEFL iBT score of 110 or higher
    • Graduates of colleges or universities located in English-speaking countries (i.e. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand) need not submit test scores.
  9. Receive a positive recommendation from the English Language Doctoral Studies, which is based on a complex evaluation of the materials set out in Items 1 to 8.
Application Deadlines

1 January - 30 April for the enrollment in the Fall semester
1 July - 31 October for the enrollment in the Spring semester

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 or October 31st.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees: € 2,000/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.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the application and admission procedures or the tuition fees, please contact us at

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

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.


Stefan Veleski

“Masaryk University can boast of a progressive and vigorous academic environment. I've had some of the most illuminating conversations I've ever had within a 1 km radius of where this picture was taken. Ideas flow freely here, whether it is between people, departments, or even different faculties.
Coming here was a leap in the dark, but now that I'm here I couldn't be any happier.”

Stefan Veleski
PhD student of Literatures in English & Ambassador of the Faculty of Arts

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