PhD Applicant

The Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures offers a doctoral programme in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. Applicants may choose one of two modes of study:

  • internal (four years with a stipend)
  • external (called “combined” in university materials and applications, five to eight years without a stipend).

NB: Students in the programme referred to as “in Czech” do not pay a tuition fee. All courses are taught and supervision as well as examinations are conducted in English; however, in order to apply for this programme, a Czech-language version of the online application form must be filled in and students are expected to communicate with the university administration in Czech. In the doctoral programme referred to as “in English”, a moderate annual tuition fee of CZK 2 000 applies; tuition and supervision are conducted in English, an English-language form may be used for application, and communication in Czech with the university administration is not mandatory.

Deadline for applications: 30 April 2023

Find out more about the application procedure:

The main aim of the programme is a substantial doctoral dissertation which must be recommended by the student’s supervisor and two examiners/reviewers and defended in public before an examination board. For the descriptions of the dissertation contents, standard and examination, and of the final oral examination in the PhD programme, see:

Applicants are strongly advised to consult the Departmental webpages in detail and to consider the areas of specialization of staff members when preparing the dissertation topic. Consultations in advance of application are also recommended.

Doctoral students must pass entrance interviews and then prepare, in cooperation with a supervisor, individual study plans.

Mandatory Courses and Examinations:

  • Doctoral seminar consisting of two one-semester PhD courses (including Rhetoric in Literature and Philosophy, a course supplemented with instruction in practical issues of academic career development) and two semesters of short paper presentations.
  • Foreign language exam (German, French, Spanish) organized by the Faculty of Arts Language Centre. Other languages may be assigned in view of the dissertation topic.
  • Philosophy – organized by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
  • Expanded theses of the PhD dissertation.
  • Dissertation chapter submitted by the end of the third year of study.
  • Research activities including an article published in a peer-reviewed journal or a chapter in a peer-reviewed monograph, a conference presentation, a research stay abroad, and a minimum of two other research activities (such as an application for a grant project, editing a collection of essays or conference proceedings, translation of an academic article or book, work on an academic conference committee, teaching a BA/MA-level course, another academic publication or conference presentation). A minimum of five activities must be fulfilled in toto.
  • One to three one-semester courses in a subject of relevance to the student’s dissertation, as specified in the individual study plan; this obligation may be substituted by an additional research activity approved by the supervisor.
  • Regular consultations with the supervisor.

Student progress is evaluated at the end of each year by their supervisor, the evaluation being subject to the approval of the Subject Board (“oborová rada”).

The PhD programme is concluded by an oral final examination, which precedes the examination of the doctoral dissertation.

For further information concerning the PhD programme, please contact the director, Professor Ondřej Pilný.

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