Literature Comparatistics

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Doctoral degree programme, full-time study mode, Czech, 4 years 
Doctoral degree programme, combined form, Czech, 4 years 
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The aim of this doctoral degree study programme is to follow the Master’s degree study programme in the same field, deepening student knowledge in a traditional university field which is based on the scholarly comparison mainly of the European literatures and partially also of the literatures of North, Central, South America and some other countries where literature is written in European languages and connected to European traditions and confronted with indigenous cultures. The study programme uses the methodology traditional for European comparative studies (including the Czech, Slovak, and the Prague-Brno schools) with methodological flexibility focused on the methods developed in the late 20th century and early 21st century (semiotics, hermeneutics, deconstruction, and cognitive methods), overlapping with the philological-area approach to comparative literary studies and new interpretations of world literature.

Doctoral degree students specialize in one comparative module according to the orientation of their doctoral thesis and that is also how they design their study plan, in which (in addition to compulsory courses) they also have to choose a set of specializations.


After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • use two world languages (in addition to Czech)
  • have a complex orientation in world literature
  • confront the forms of various national literatures

The interdisciplinary nature of this study programme will help graduates find employment in EU institutions, in public service (at all levels), in institutions targeting the development and administration of individual regions, in institutions of various international organizations outside the EU, in educational institutions, and in the media.

This study programme provides graduates with comprehensive education in comparative literary science, cultural studies, and the historiography of chosen countries which will enable them to work in scientific, academic-pedagogical, and cultural institutions, in journalism, or as experts in the given field. The flexibility of the design of the study programme also enables students to work in the private sector.


The standard duration of the doctoral degree study programme is four years (eight semesters). During the study programme, students are required to earn at least 240 ECTS credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Type A/required courses constitute the expert basis of the field and they amount to 81 credits.

Students choose the type B/selective courses (24 credits) according to their interest and the topic of their doctoral thesis. Students gain the remaining 15 credits for completing any courses from the current offer of type C/elective courses for their field of study or for other fields.

Students prepare for their examinations and for the doctoral final state examination on the basis of the given information in individual course annotations.


Students have to complete practical training in a foreign country, with a maximum length of one semester.


Successfully passing the doctoral final state examination and the doctoral thesis defence.


Students can follow this study programme with academic and publishing work resulting in the submission of a habilitation thesis.


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Literature Comparatistics
Abbreviation: LIKO
Code: 8106V002
Type: doctoral degree programme
Degree: Ph.D.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: P7315 D-FI4 Philology (4-years)
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
doc. Mgr. Sylvie Stanovská, Dr.

Additional Information

The Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University, and specifically the Department of Slavonic Studies, has a long tradition of comparative literary science. Its cultivation and integration into new methodological approaches follows the scientific permeability between the philological fields of study at Masaryk University. It creates a basis for comparative studies which go beyond the framework of philological fields of study. The research orientation of the place of study: since the pre-WWII era, there have been a significant number of philologists and Slavonic studies experts at the Faculty of Arts, MU. Even the Romance studies, German studies, English and American studies, classical philology, and literary-theoretical Czech studies have a noticeable orientation toward comparative literature, as evidenced by the reviewed journals the Faculty of Arts publishes in this area (Slavica Litteraria, Bohemica Litteraria, Opera Slavica, Études Romanes de Brno, Brno Studies in English, Novaja rusistika) and in the monographs of individual scholars of corresponding institutes and departments. The headquarters of the committee is the Department of Slavonic Studies which has a long tradition of morphological comparative literature (established by Frank Wollman in the tradition of Alexander Veselovsky, Jiří Polívka and Matija Murko). The key scholars in the department currently work in the international collaboration (mainly the Academy of Sciences and various universities in Slovakia and Slovenia) on new approaches to comparative literature. The head of the department works on this as a member of committees in various international journals, such as Zagadnienia rodzajów literackich, World Literature Review, Slavica Slovaca, and Slavistična revija (since 2009).