We welcome motivated applicants with a BA degree in English or a related discipline, who have a strong foundation in the field, excellent written and spoken English and a proposed research project that fits within the fields of specialisation available within the Department. The programme offers students a range of specialised pathways that is unique in Central Europe. Courses are taught by scholars who actively participate in the academic community and publish in these areas. Generally, the special programmes include either an introduction to the theory, history and contemporary practice of specialised disciplines, or an overview of a broader, interdisciplinary area (e.g. Critical and Cultural Theory, British and Commonwealth Cultural Studies). All courses are assessed by means of credits compatible with the EU system (ECTS).
Instruction takes the form of small group seminars that facilitate discussion, close reading of specific texts and individual attention from the instructor.
Applicants are advised to check the research interests of members of staff when preparing a draft thesis topic and to consult information on MA thesis requirements. We highly recommend consulting outstanding MA theses defended at the department (freely available in the Charles University Digital Repository), as well as sample thesis proposals: sample 1, sample 2, sample 3.
Find out more about the application procedure:
- Faculty of Arts Open Day: 13 January 2024
- presentation about the programme from the Open Day
- orientation meeting for MA applicants: 28 February 2024, 14:15 CET, Room 111 (first floor, main faculty building at nám. J. Palacha) and online on MS Teams.
Forms of Study
- Single-subject study:
Single-subject students are enrolled only in the MA programme of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures.
- Joint-subject study:
Double Subject students are enrolled in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures AND another MA-level subject within the Faculty of Arts. They must pass the entrance exams in both subjects. In the final year of their studies (and six months at least before the viva) they must choose a thesis topic in one of their two subjects of study.
The MA programme is normally two years (i.e. four semesters of instruction) for full-time students.
Students select an area of specialisation according to their research interests:
- British Literature and Commonwealth Cultural Studies (organized jointly by the English Literature Section and the Centre for British and Commonwealth Studies)
- American Literature and Cultural Studies (organized by the American Literature and Cultural Studies Section)
- Irish Studies (organized by the Centre for Irish Studies)
- Critical and Cultural Theory (organized by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory)
Students must complete a certain amount of basic and elective courses from the special programme, and they may also choose extension courses from the offer of the other special programmes.
For detailed information on the structure of the programme, please consult the recommended study plan: