English Language and Literature

Bachelor's degree in full-time form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied as a single subject or in combination with another programme.

What will you learn?

In the program English Language and Literature you will acquire an overview of the histories, cultures and literatures of English-speaking countries, mainly the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. You will also learn about basic linguistic theories and will be introduced to the theory and practice of translation. Lectures and small group seminars are designed to develop students’ analytical and critical thinking. Emphasis is also placed on developing skills needed for working in independent and creative ways, as well as using both written and spoken English appropriately in various contexts and environments.

Apart from translation courses, all teaching, instruction and exams are in English. Our faculty include both Czechs and native speakers and our standard curriculum is regularly complemented by intensive courses and guest lectures and seminars offered by international experts in their respective fields. Topics covered by international guests range from contemporary pop culture, interdisciplinary and creative pedagogy, to specific cultural phenomena. In the past we have hosted, for example, courses on Anglo-American TV series, urban walking in literary contexts, or the cultural meanings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, etc.

During your studies, you will improve your language skills to B2-C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You will also learn to prepare in English presentations, write argumentative essays, and critically assess films and literary texts. You will also learn to carry out research and write a thesis. English Department students are encouraged to travel to our partner universities across Europe and in North America through Erasmus+ program or through other grants and scholarships.

The Department of English and American Studies supports a number of extracurricular activities. Every year our students in the Department’s theater group The Gypsywood Players rehearse and premiere a play; students organize a Halloween party and Creativity Night through Escape (the English Students Club). Students also manage and publish a high-profile student magazine Re:Views as well as a department newsletter, the KAArdian.

Is the English Language and Literature program right for you?

If you are interested in learning more about how language, literature, and film work, if you enjoy discussing and thinking critically about what you read and watch, if you like the history and culture of English-speaking countries, then this program is the right one for you!

Practical training

No practical training or work experience is required in this program. However, students can travel abroad through the Erasmus+ internship training program which allows them to gain practical experience on various positions in, for example, English language schools, translation agencies, etc.

Further information


Career opportunities

The graduates of the English literature and language Bachelor’s degree program are able to communicate on a complex level in both written and spoken English and they are equipped with knowledge of the historical, social and cultural contexts of English-speaking countries. Apart from finding jobs in the field—teaching English at language, primary and high schools and in translation—our graduates may also find employment in jobs and positions which require independent, critical thinking, creativity, and excellent communication and language skills. These may include, for example, editorial work, positions in the publishing industry, tourism, the NGO sector, or international departments of companies.

Admission requirements

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Nov 2023 – 29 Feb 2024)

This programme is accredited in Czech and requires students to have a native-speaker or C2 knowledge of Czech or Slovak.

The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the the Learning Potential Test (TSP) and the written Field of Study Examination.
The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.

You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 29 February.
The Field of Study Examinations will be held from 15 till 21 April.
The exact date and time of the examination will be stated in the electronic invitation for the examination, which will be uploaded to your e-application. The Faculty will not be sending paper invitations.

Learning Potential Test (TSP)

This test is only in Czech. For up-to-date information, click here

Field of Study Examination

This examination is intended to check the applicants’ knowledge of the given field of study. It takes the form of a written test. The Department of English and American Studies disregards the internationaly acknowledged language exam certificates.

Basic description of the Field of Study Examination:
Applicants must display an advanced knowledge of the English language (above FCE level) and a basic understanding of the field of study.The whole test, including instructions, is in English and the time limit is 70 minutes, not including organisational instructions given by the supervisor (in Czech). Individual subtests focus on vocabulary, reading and comprehension, complex exercises and grammar, and also a basic knowledge of the history, literature and culture of English speaking countries. You can find more information in the presentation on the department’s website.

Sample Field of Study Test
Sample Field of Study Test: Answer Key

Admission without the entrance examination

For admission for studies in this degree programme, you cannot be exempted from taking the entrance examination. Language certificates are not taken into consideration during the entrance examination.

Criteria for evaluation

  • Limit for TSP percentile for successfully passing the entrance examination: 60
  • Total number of points in the Field of Study Examination: 100
  • Limit for successfully passing the Field of Study Examination: 65
All applicants must take the TSP test and the Field of Study Examination. Applicants who successfully complete the TSP test will be sorted into the final admission order based on the results of the Field of Study Examination. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers in the Field of Study Examination.

Recommended literature

  • Ready for FCE
  • Ready for CAE

Minimum score and numbers of accepted applicants in past years

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes.​ An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

English Language and Literature as a minor degree programme

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Science
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Education
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Courses – curriculum examples

An example of your study plan:

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Follow-up studies

Students can continue in their studies in one of the following master’s programs: a philology-focused Master’s degree in English Language and Literature; an area studies Master’s degree in North American Cultural Studies; a Master’s degree in Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in English Language and Literature; and the translation-oriented Master’s degree English Language Translation.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction Czech

Do you have any questions?
Send us an e-mail to

Mgr. Martina Horáková, Ph.D.



Tomáš Hanzálek



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