Masters programs

Medieval Latin Language and Literature

Level
Masters

Duration
2 years

Study mode
Full-time

Language
English

Tuition
1.250 Eur/year

Application deadline
30 April 2023

Apply online from 1 January

Are you interested in the Middle Ages? Do you want to understand how society worked, what people read, how they passed on news, what they did for fun or how they healed? You can learn about this primarily from texts that were overwhelmingly written in Latin in the Middle Ages. In this study programme, we will not only teach you the language of these written sources, i.e. medieval Latin, but also the secrets of interpreting the various types of surviving sources.

The master's degree program in Medieval Latin language and literature provides an opportunity to learn about Latin works that have formed the European culture and its values in the course of thousand years. It evolves cultural knowledge and analytical abilities required nowadays in various disciplines. During your studies, you will read and understand the content of mysterious monastic chronicles, philosophical disputes, literary polemics and recipes for a healthy lifestyle. We will teach you how to transcribe medieval manuscripts, how to translate and understand them in their broadest cultural context. You will understand what medieval literature is all about and discover why ancient texts survived thanks to medieval monks.

Study objectives

The study of Medieval Latin Language and Literature aims to further extend and deepen language competencies and focuses on obtaining active knowledge of theoretical and methodological techniques employed in philology. With regard to the connection of the Middle Ages to Antiquity, this master's degree program profits from the students’ knowledge of the classical Latin language and ancient Latin literature gained in the course of their bachelor studies. In contrast to the bachelor's degree, which specializes in the classical Latin language, the objective of this follow-up master's degree is to acquaint the students with all later phases of the Latin language and its development up to the late Middle Ages. Students will gain an overview of orthographic, phonological, morphological, and syntactic phenomena of the medieval Latin language, they will understand late ancient and medieval Latin differences from the normative Latin grammar and the so-called classical style. They will gain orientation in the changes of the Latin vocabulary until the late Middle Ages. Students will also obtain detailed knowledge of the Bohemian and European medieval literature written in Latin, the plurality of the given genre, formal and content-related peculiarities as well as good knowledge of the history of literature, medieval libraries and writings, and general knowledge of the political history of the Middle Ages.

In addition to an in-depth and comprehensive look at the developments of the Latin language during the Middle Ages, this study programme focuses on the various forms of medieval literature, its critical and digital accessibility, and the latest trends in textual criticism. Intensive readings of texts are accompanied by elective courses focusing on particular aspects of medieval written culture. You will have the opportunity to attend lectures and block courses given by international experts. During the annual study camps, you will not only improve your medieval Latin, but also have fun thanks to our active student association!

Graduate Employment

Successful graduate is able to:

  • Describe and explain orthographic, morphological, and syntactic peculiarities of the medieval Latin language in comparison with the classical Latin language;
  • clarify factors that influenced the development of late and medieval Latin vocabulary and present the concrete examples of this development;
  • demonstrate the main features of the Bohemian and European medieval Latin literature and explain the specifics of the reception of ancient motives in medieval literature;
  • explain the genre diversity and both formal and content related peculiarities of medieval prose and poetry;
  • describe the philosophical, historical, and religious background of the development of the medieval society;
  • present basic methods used by the auxiliary historical sciences (especially codicology and paleography) and textual criticism;
  • read the selected medieval manuscripts and participate in preparing their modern critical editions;
  • interpret selected Latin texts written in the Middle Ages;
  • translate complex Latin texts into English and isolated sentences into Latin;
  • independently work with foreign-language scholarly literature, electronic databases, and other types of informational sources;
  • compose a structured text on an academic topic.

The graduates of this study program are well-suited for any profession in cultural institutions, e.g. museums, archives, or libraries, where medieval texts and other medieval material is preserved. They will be able to independently and critically work with primary sources, use informative textual sources, and deal with medieval literary material. These skills will provide an ideal basis for working at research institutes specialized in the humanities, such as the Academy of Sciences or universities. Our alumni/ae will be also ready to work as lecturers at universities or teachers of history and modern languages at high schools. Many of our graduates also work as advisors in publishing houses or various media, including the TV or radio channels.

Courses

Recommended study plan and other information can be found in the faculty study catalogue:

Study plan

Masters Thesis Goals

A minimum scope of a Master's thesis is no less than 140,000 characters including footnotes, content, index, list of literature, and annotations. Students choose the topic of his/her Master's thesis from the list of themes offered by advisors in the Information system of the Masaryk university or by arrangement with the advisor. The aim of the Master's thesis is to demonstrate students' ability to work critically with specialized literature relevant to the given topic and to critically assess it. Students will prove their ability to compose a scholarly text consistent with up-to-date theoretical approaches and methodology, to work with medieval Latin sources, and last but not least, to formulate and defend their own conclusions.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility Criteria

This fee-paying degree programme is open to applicants who hold a Bachelor's degree in a field related to Latin Philology and who have a solid knowledge of English (providing a certificate is an advantage).

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. Meeting the eligibility criteria set out in the paragraph above.
  2. Submission of an electronic application in the Masaryk University Information System.
  3. Submission of one letter of recommendation.
  4. Submission of a "Statement of Purpose" (max. 750 words) in English, explaining why the applicant wishes to study this degree programme at Masaryk University.
  5. Submission of a CV detailing the candidate's professional/academic experience.
  6. Submission of a transcript of university/college studies, which must include:
    • Dates you attended the institution
    • Titles of courses and examinations you completed and the marks received
Entrance exam

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

  1. Evaluation of the submitted documents.
  2. An online interview where the applicant's knowledge of Latin and her/his motivation will be assessed.

Admission to study Medieval Latin 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 (both Latin and English), academic record, recommendation, and motivation.

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.

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

Contact

admission@phil.muni.cz

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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