English and American Literature

Degree programme: Philology

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Degree: Doctoral

Programme length: four years full-time; six years part-time

Tuition fee: € 1,500 per year (42,000 CZK)

Form of study: full-time, part-time

Start date: September 2019

The English-language version of the degree program “English and American Literature” is aimed primarily at international students whose knowledge of Czech is insufficient to enable them to study in the Czech-language version. All the courses offered as part of the degree are taught in English, and communication with students (both at the department and faculty level) will likewise be in English.

Aims of the program:

  • to train highly qualified literary experts who will be able to deal independently with methodological and practical issues in English and American literature
  • to improve the current structure of research/teaching teams at the University and to offer existing teachers the opportunity to acquire additional qualifications.

Admissions procedures:

The conditions given below are stipulated by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava in accordance with Section 49, Subsections 1–5, Act no. 111/1998 Sb. on higher education institutions, as subsequently amended.

The application form (in electronic form; the submission deadline is generally on 31 August of each year) must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae
  • a document showing the applicant’s citizenship
  • a certified copy of a document showing that the applicant is the holder of a university degree at Master’s level (Mgr. / M.A. or equivalent)
  • an overview of the applicant’s research activities to date (e.g. publications, study visits, courses, conferences, etc.)
  • a research proposal comprising a plan (approx. 1,500 words) outlining the intended topic and structure of the applicant’s dissertation (in English)
  • a reference from a member of the teaching/research community

The admissions procedure may involve an interview (in English). Applicants must explain their choice of topic for their planned dissertation, showing a good knowledge of the relevant secondary literature on the topic in question; the dissertation may focus on topics related to ethnicity in literature (Jewish American literature, African American literature in connection with gender studies, Native literatures and cultures of North America, Anglo-American environmental literature, and the presentation of the Holocaust in English and American literature. It is also expected that the applicant will be capable of demonstrating an excellent level of knowledge when responding to various questions on literary disciplines that traditionally form part of philological curricula at university English linguistics departments.

Structure of studies:

Doctoral studies are based on an individual curriculum drafted by the student after consultation with an appointed supervisor. This draft curriculum is then approved by the Doctoral Program Committee and its Chair. The supervisor monitors progress on the curriculum on a regular basis, and reports on progress if so requested by the Chair of the Doctoral Program Committee.

The maximum length of studies is 6 years; during this period, the candidate must pass examinations in compulsory subjects, gain course credits from compulsory-optional subjects (chosen by the candidate from the subjects on offer), pass the State Doctoral Examination and defend his/her dissertation.

A compulsory component of the doctoral degree program is the candidate’s participation in teaching and research activities at the Department, participation in selected conferences, publication of articles (e.g. presenting interim research results), and at least one study visit to a partner university abroad (one semester).

Overview of courses:
Compulsory subjects (terminated by examinations):140 credits
Doctoral seminar 1-390 credits
Compulsory seminars related to the field of study40 credits
Philosophy (an exam)10 credits
Compulsory-optional subjects – foreign language (terminated by course credits): min. 10 credits
Foreign language (an exam)10 credits
Compulsory-optional subjects (terminated by course credits):min. 10 credits
Anglo-American environmental literature10 credits
African American literature10 credits
Academic writing4 credits
Jewish American literature 10 credits
Intercultural communication and the academic environment4 credits
Literature and the Holocaust 10 credits
Native literatures and cultures of North America10 credits
Interpretation of literary texts10 credits
Compulsory-optional subjects – project/conference (terminated by course credits):min. 20 credits
Compulsory-optional subjects – publishing research outputs (terminated by course credits):min. 20 credits
Compulsory-optional subjects – exchange program (terminated by course credits):min. 20 credits
Project/conferencemin. 10 credits
Publishing research outputsmin. 30 credits
Optional subjects:
Teaching10 credits
Teaching 210 credits
Foreign language – Latin10 credits