Masters programs

English Language and Literature


2 years

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3.000 Eur/year

Application deadline
30 April 2024

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Students in this program choose from two specializations: Linguistics and Literary and Cultural Studies. There are only five compulsory courses, and all other courses are selective or elective based on the chosen specialization and the student’s interests. Master’s thesis also stems from the students´ focus and relevant coursework. All teaching, coursework, and exams in this study program are carried out in the English language.

A successful graduate is able to

  • write and speak in English with competence at the C2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • have a deep knowledge of literary and cultural theories and the literatures and cultures of English-speaking countries
  • have a deep knowledge of diachronic and synchronic linguistic theories, including the history of the English language
  • work independently and conduct critical analyses

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.


In order to be allowed to sit for the Master's Final Stale Exam (AJLA29999), a single subject student has to get at least 120 credits while fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Pass Cultural and Literary Theory I and II (AJLA20001 and AJLA20002) and finish them with exams.
  2. Pass Historical Development of English (AJLA20003) and finish it with an exam.
  3. Pass Modern Linguistics (AJLA20004) and finish it with an exam.
  4. Pass Czech Literature in English (AJLA20006) and finish it with an exam.
  5. Pass the Practical English Exam (AJLA21110 + AJLA21120) in the course of the studies or have recognized any of the following:
    1. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grade A or B), or
    2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with grade 8 or higher, or
    3. 75 or more points in English proficiency exam as a part of the BA exam at the Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University and pass English Language Oral Proficiency Exam (AJLA11020) with the mark A, B or C.
  6. Pass six courses within the selected track and finish them with exams.
  7. Gain 18 more credits at the Department of English and American Studies.
  8. Pass Master's Thesis Seminars I and II (AJLA29800 and AJLA29801, 20 credits total).
  9. Write and defend a Master's Major (Diploma) Thesis (AJLA29850).
    The process of writing a Master's Diploma Thesis usually lasts at least three semesters: in the first semester, students prepare for writing and submit assignments in the electronic Thesis Seminar I (AJLA29800), in the second semester, they write the thesis and gain credits for that in the Thesis Seminar II (AJL29801), and in the third semester, they finish and hand in the thesis.

Study plan

Admission Requirements

Eligibility Criteria

This fee-paying degree program is open to:

  • Those holding a Bachelor's degree in a field related to English philology (literature, cultural studies 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.
  • Those holding Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines within the humanities, liberal arts or social sciences from colleges or universities located in English-speaking countries (i.e. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand) may also be considered for admission on an individual basis. Those in this category should contact the Department of English and American Studies prior to applying:
  • Graduates of the Bachelor´s programme in English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Arts Masaryk University who have had excellent results in the final state exam (evaluation A–B) are admitted to the follow-up master’s program without the admission interview.
Terms of Admission
  • Meet the eligibility criteria set out in the paragraph above.
  • Submit the electronic application and pay the application fee by the due date.
  • Submit all the required documents as described below.
  • Pass the entrance exam (entirely online).
Required documents
  1. Statement of Purpose (750 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.
  2. CV (Curriculum Vitae) detailing the candidate's professional/academic experience.
  3. Copy of the applicant's Bachelor's thesis or its equivalent (Honour's Thesis, Senior Thesis, etc.) or 15 pages of the applicant's original academic paper.
  4. English-language certificate - not more than two years old at the time of the submission of the application:
    • IELTS Academic - minimum score 7.5
    • TOEFL iBT - minimum score 102
    • Cambridge English - CAE (A,B marks), CPE
    • Pearson PTE Academic - minimum score 76
    • Graduates of colleges or universities located in the following countries (UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Australia, and New Zealand) do not need to submit test scores.
  5. Two recommendation letters - at least one must be written by a teacher/professor. Must have official format – on a letterhead, with his/her original signature and contact details (position, e-mail, telephone)
  6. Bachelor´s diploma – if you are yet to graduate, submit a confirmation of studies with the expected graduation date.
  7. Transcript of university/college studies, which must include:
    • Dates you attended the institution
    • Titles of courses and examinations you completed, and the marks received
  8. Passport (EU citizens may replace it with the national ID)
Entrance exam

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

  1. Evaluation of the submitted documents.
  2. Selected candidates will be invited for an online interview.

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 submitted documents and your performance during the online interview. 
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, academic record, recommendations, and motivation. All applicants will be notified about the results via e-mail.

Application Deadlines

1 December - 30 April for the enrollment in the Autumn semester
1 June - 30 September for the enrollment in the Spring semester

Students who will need a visa to travel to CZ should apply as early as possible to increase their chance to arrive on time.

Recognition of Foreign Education

To be enrolled in a degree study program you have to present an acknowledgment certificate of your former education abroad. This proves that your previous studies are equal to a comparable Czech education and your diploma is valid in the Czech Republic.

Recognition of foreign education is a must along with the entrance exam. It is an administrative part of the admission procedure. No one can be enrolled in the studies without recognition of their previous foreign education.


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