PhD in English Linguistics


Programme Description

The Doctoral Studies program in English Linguistics develops students’ knowledge of linguistic disciplines and prepares them for independent research activity, especially in the fields of functional syntax, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, stylistics and translation studies. Students become conversant with methods of linguistic research, which they then apply in the preparation of their doctoral dissertation.

Graduate destination

Graduates of the Doctoral Studies Programme in English Linguistics find employment in positions in the area of humanities that require the holder to use independent critical thinking and be able to demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of linguistic and socio-cultural subjects. They are employed as researchers, university teachers, editors, translators, and in senior positions in organizations operating in areas of the humanities.

Study options

Single-subject studies

No course set

Single-subject studies with a specialization

No course set

Admission requirements

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

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  1. Submission of an electronic application in the Masaryk University Information System.
  2. Submission of three letters of recommendation.
  3. Submission of a copy of the applicants Master's Thesis (in English). If this is not available, an English-language summary of the thesis must be provided together with a minimum twenty-page sample of the applicant's academic or scholarly writing in English. Graduates of Masaryk University need not submit a copy, as their theses are available to the Doctoral Studies Committee via the Masaryk University Information System.
  4. Submission of a transcript(s) of university/college studies, which must include:
    • Dates you attended the institution(s).
    • Titles of courses and examinations you completed and the marks received.
  5. Submission of a research proposal for the doctoral dissertation (in English).
  6. Submission of a statement of motivation to pursue a doctoral degree in the English Language at Masaryk University (in English).
  7. Submission of an academic Curriculum Vitae (in English).
  8. Demonstrate English-language skills at the C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language by submitting one of the following certificates (not more than one year old at the time of the submission of the application):
    • IELTS Academic score of 8.0 or higher.
    • Certificate of Cambridge Proficiency in English with a mark of A or B.
    • TOEFL iBT score of 110 or higher.
    • Graduates of colleges or universities located in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia) need not submit test scores.
  9. Receive a positive recommendation from the English Language Doctoral Studies, which is based on a complex evaluation of the materials set out in the points above.
  10. In addition, all applicants with foreign degrees (except as set out below) must submit their Master's degree for official recognition by the Czech Republic's Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. As this process ("nostrification") can take several months, it is recommended that applicants submit this paperwork concurrently with their application. Applicants without this official recognition are not permitted to enrol at the University. Detailed instructions can be found here.
  • Holders of degrees from universities located in countries with which the Czech Republic has a treaty on the bilateral recognition of academic degrees and titles (at the present time: Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia), please see here.
  • Holders of degrees from universities located in Slovakia should follow the instructions set out here.

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Application Deadlines

1 January - 30 April for the enrollment in the Fall semester.
1 July - 31 October for the enrollment in the Spring semester.

Extended application deadline for Fall 2020 intake (first semester online)

1 May – 31 August

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 (August 31st) or October 31st.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Arts is one of the four founding Masaryk University faculties. From the very beginning, the faculty has focused on developing both traditional humanities-oriented disciplines (i.e. hist ... Read More

The Faculty of Arts is one of the four founding Masaryk University faculties. From the very beginning, the faculty has focused on developing both traditional humanities-oriented disciplines (i.e. history, philosophy, classical philology and Slavonic, Germanic and Romance philologies) as well as areas comprising new directions in university instruction and research, e.g. sociology, psychology, art history, and musicology. Read Less