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English Philology

Programme title: English Philology
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree awarded: Master's (Mgr.)
Duration: 2 years, full-time study
Part-time study: Part-time study is not available on this programme.
Tuition fee: EUR 2,000 (per academic year)


Overview

The English Philology programme is designed to educate graduates with an advanced level of language competence (CEFR level C1 – “proficient user”), who are capable of communicating in English in various communicative contexts and in various types of institutions. The programme helps students deepen their linguistic competence and expertise in all key areas of English studies. Students will broaden and extend research skills that will help them complete the final-year Master’s thesis project.

Aims and Course Design

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. The structure, content and extent of the follow-on Master’s degree “English Philology” follows on directly from the English-language version of the three-year Bachelor’s degree “English Philology”. The follow-on Master’s degree “English Philology” is a philological programme which requires candidates to possess an advanced level of language competence (CEFR level C1 – “proficient user”), a very good knowledge of the grammatical and lexical systems of modern English, an awareness of the characteristic features of functional styles, a basic awareness of the literature of English-speaking countries, and a general knowledge of these countries’ culture and history. This knowledge and these skills are further developed and enhanced in the follow-on Master’s degree. In linguistics, students’ knowledge of the modern English language is complemented by a knowledge of historical grammar and diachronic language change; there is an extensive focus on higher levels of language and features of linguistic communication (text linguistics, linguistic pragmatics, sociolinguistics); and there is also an emphasis on a contrastive approach (linguistic interference). In literature, students acquire a deeper knowledge primarily of modern British and American literature, while also broadening their horizons to encompass literary criticism.

Graduate Profile and Career Opportunities

The aim of the degree is to ensure that graduates attain an expert level of philological knowledge and are experienced, independent users of the English language (CEFR level C2), with a solid knowledge of English linguistics and of the literatures and cultures of English-speaking countries; this knowledge and these skills can be applied by graduates in a wide range of professions requiring independent intellectual work and expertise in the above-mentioned areas. Graduates are highly competent users of the English language in both written and spoken forms, applying their language skills in formal and informal situations of various types. Graduates are able to independently and creatively apply their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in carrying out expert tasks, intellectual work and research; they are also able to systematically develop their skills and knowledge depending on practical requirements. Besides working professionally with language and texts of various types, graduates also possess a high degree of cultural erudition, which can be effectively applied in intercultural communication and international cooperation.


Total Credits ECTS: 120

Compulsory Courses (Total Credits ECTS: 100)
Year 1Year 2
Historical Grammar of English 1, 2Chapters from American Studies and Literature
Language TypologySociolinguistics
Development of Literary CriticismLinguistic Interference
Text LinguisticsSelected Chapters from Literature 3
Selected Chapters from Literature 1, 2Diploma Seminar 1, 2
Chapters from British Studies and Literature 
Contrastive Analysis 
Medieval English Literature 
Linguistic Pragmatics 
Semi-optional Courses – specialist block (20 ECTS)
Intercultural Communication
American Counterculture
American Ethnic Literatures
Native Languages and Cultures of North America 1, 2
Californian Dream
Cultural Seminar
Linguistic Seminar
Jewish American Literature 1, 2

Content and Structure of the State Final Examination

The state final examination consists of the defence of the diploma thesis and of a written and oral examination.

The defence of the diploma thesis (60–80 pages of main text, written in English) takes place in English; when presenting the goals, methods and conclusions of the thesis, students must demonstrate the necessary expertise and language competence, the ability to produce independent expert and intellectual work in the field, and the ability to conduct an expert discussion on the given topic.

The written examination subsumes the test of English language competence, including an essay.

The oral examination is based on the content and extent of the compulsory linguistic, literary and literary-critical courses studied within the degree programme. The oral examination is conducted in the English language. As part of the oral examination, students present a reading list of scholarly literature on linguistics and a reading list of British and American literature. The candidate receives 3 separate classifications (grades) from:

  1. Cultural-historical overview: British and American socio-historical context, life and institutions
  2. ,
  3. British and American literature,
  4. Comprehensive linguistic analysis of a text.

Entry requirements

We warmly welcome students from all over the world, and we carefully assess all applications on an individual basis.

Candidates are expected to possess an excellent level of language competence (level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in all language skills (pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, speaking and listening, reading comprehension, writing skills) and a sound knowledge of basic linguistic disciplines, the structure and systems of the English language, the development of British and American literature, as well as the life, culture and institutions of English-speaking countries.

The admissions procedure does not include an entrance examination. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. their submitted certificate of language proficiency. Applicants must submit an IELTS Academic or ToEFL iBT language proficiency certificate proving that their proficiency in the English language reaches at least level C1 (in the CEFR – Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  2. a portfolio which will include:
    1. a structured letter of motivation, in English (2, 500 characters including spaces); in the letter, applicants must describe their relevant interests and experience beyond their Bachelor studies;
    2. a structured summary of the applicant’s Bachelor thesis, in English (2,500 characters including spaces). If the elaboration and defence of a Bachelor thesis was not a requirement for the completion of the applicant’s previous studies, the applicant must submit a paper (an essay of 2, 500 characters) on a specialist topic from the applicant’s previous studies.

Criteria for evaluation:

1.The IELTS Academic or ToEFL iBT language proficiency certificate proving proficiency to at least level C1 must include a points score as per the following table. The applicant is automatically awarded 60 points for this part:

Points scores for IELTS and ToEFL
CEFRIELTS AcademicToEFL iBT
C1at least 6.5
at least 6.0 in each part
at least 90
at least 20 in each part

The certificate of the IELTS test (Test Report Form – TRF) or the ToEFL score report must be sent directly by the testing centre to the e-mail address , or the applicant must send an officially certified copy of the certificate to the address:

  • Faculty of Arts – Study Department
    University of Ostrava
    Reální 5
    701 03 Ostrava
    Czech Republic

The test must have been taken at a certified testing centre. Validity of results: the test results (scores) must not have been achieved before 1 May 2019.

2. Evaluation of the applicant’s portfolio – a maximum 40 points may be awarded for this part:

I. A structured letter of motivation in English; the length of the letter of motivation must not exceed 2, 500 characters (including spaces). Any text exceeding this limit will not be included in the evaluation. A maximum 20 points may be awarded for the letter depending on how well the applicant has addressed the following aspects:

  1. What do you expect from your studies in the consecutive (follow-on) Master’s programme? (0 – 5 points)
  2. Which of your previous interests and experiences (both as part of your Bachelor studies and beyond your studies) are relevant to studying in this consecutive (follow- on) Master’s programme? Describe their relevance. (0 – 5 points)
  3. State how studying in this consecutive (follow-on) Master’s programme is relevant to your future profession or career. (0 – 5 points).
  4. State what interests you the most about your chosen degree programme/what aspect of the programme has attracted your attention the most, and describe the proposed topic of your Master’s thesis (0 – 5 points).

II. Summary of the applicant’s Bachelor thesis, in English: the length of the summary must not exceed 2, 500 characters (including spaces). Any text exceeding this limit will not be included in the evaluation. A maximum 20 points may be awarded for the summary depending on how well the applicant has addressed the following aspects, which must be included in the summary:

  1. the topic of the applicant’s Bachelor thesis, its place within the context of the discipline (0 – 3 points);
  2. the research aims (0 – 3 points);
  3. the research methodology used, including references and connection with the theoretical framework of the thesis (0 – 4 points);
  4. the corpus/material investigated (0 – 3 points);
  5. the research results (findings), their interpretation and explanation (0 – 4 points);
  6. outlook/recommendations for future research (0 – 3 points).

III. If the elaboration and defence of a Bachelor thesis was not a requirement for the completion of the applicant’s previous studies, the applicant must submit a paper (an essay of 2, 500 characters, including spaces) on a specialist topic from the applicant’s previous studies. A maximum 20 points may be awarded for the paper depending on how well the applicant has addressed the following aspects, which must be included in the paper:

  1. the topic of the paper, its place within the context of the discipline (0 – 3 points);
  2. the research aims (0 – 3 points);
  3. the research methodology used, including references and connection with the theoretical framework of the paper (0 – 4 points);
  4. the corpus/material investigated (0 – 3 points);
  5. the research results (findings), their interpretation and explanation (0 – 4 points);
  6. outlook/recommendations for future research (0 – 3 points).

Further information:

The applicant must send the language proficiency certificate by the deadline for the e- application, i.e. the certificate must be received no later than 15 February 2020.
Evaluation of applications submitted: 16 March 2020.
Notification of the result of the application: 31 March 2020.

Tuition fees

We charge tuition fees for every year in which you study in the programme.

The tuition fee for the 2020 entry is € 2,000 per year.

How to apply

To apply to study at Ostrava you must use the University's online application system.

Application deadlines

All applications for undergraduate degrees must be submitted to an online application system no later than 24:00 (CET time) on 15 February 2020 for entry in September 2020.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through our online application system, you will be required to pay an application fee (CZK 560) in order to have your application processed. Instructions on how to pay the fee are provided at the end of the application. Your application will be processed within the Study Department of the Faculty of Arts, which will contact you regarding entrance exams, additional documentation and notification of acceptance.

Related departments

You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:

Go to the programme specification - this is the most up-to-date version available for this course. It may change for your year of entry. We will update this document and the information on this course page when changes to this course are approved by the Faculty.

For Conditions for admission for the academic year 2020/2021 visit https://dokumenty.osu.cz/ff/prijimacky2020/conditions-ar20202021.pdf


Updated: 08. 11. 2019

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