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Doctoral degree in English Philology

Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree: Doctoral (Ph.D.)
Programme length: four years full-time; six years part-time
Tuition fee: € 2,000 per year
Form of study: full-time, part-time

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.

Aim of the program:

to train highly qualified linguistic and literary experts who will be able to deal independently with theoretical, methodological and practical issues in English philology

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 15 February 2020) must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • an academic Curriculum Vitae
  • 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)
  • a personal statement (e.g. motivation, relevant experience)
  • a research proposal comprising a plan (approx. 1,500 words) outlining the intended topic and structure of the applicant’s dissertation (in English)
  • two academic references.

For more detailed information on the supporting documents, see Conditions for admission to study at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava in the degree programme English Philology for the academic year 2020/2021, Appendix 3: https://dokumenty.osu.cz/ff/prijimacky2020/conditions-ar20202021.pdf

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 be related to the following topics: 1. Linguistics: critical discourse analysis, genre analysis, comparative multimodal analysis, English as a lingua franca, 2. Literature: Jewish American literature, Native literatures and cultures of North America, Anglo-American environmental literature, non-conformism and revolt in Anglo-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 linguistic and literary disciplines that traditionally form part of philological curricula at university English 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:

1. Common Compulsory Courses:

Doctoral Seminar I 30 credits
Doctoral Seminar II 30 credits
Doctoral Seminar III 30 credits
Philosophy 10 credits

2. Discipline-Specific Compulsory Courses:

2.a Linguistics-Oriented Compulsory Courses:
History of Linguistics
Czechoslovak Linguistics and the Prague School
Methods of Discourse Analysis
English from the Historical and Sociolinguistic Perspective
2.b Literature-Oriented Compulsory Courses:
20th Century Literary Criticism with an Emphasis on the Anglo-American Area
History of English and American Literature
Ethnicity in Anglo-American Literature

3. Major-Specific Semi-Optional Courses – based on the focus of the doctoral dissertation:

Students choose courses from the following offer of linguistic and literary section which are closely connected with their doctoral dissertation topic.
Jewish American Literature
English as a Lingua Franca
Anglo-American Environmental Literature
Text Interpretation
Literature and the Holocaust
Native Literatures and Cultures of North America

4. Semi-Optional Course – Foreign Language:

Students choose one of the following foreign languages:
German, Polish, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian

5. Semi-Optional Course – Project/Conference

6. Semi-Optional Course – Publication

7. Semi-Optional Course – International Mobility

Updated: 11. 11. 2019

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