Czech Language and Literature

Knowledge of mother tongue and literature shapes a culturally literate personality.

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The Master’s degree study programme in Czech Language and Literature is conceived as a single-subject or a double-subject programme following the Bachelor’s degree study programme in Czech Language and Literature. It is aimed at students who are interested in complex professional training in the field of Czech studies from the viewpoint of both linguistics and literature. Students acquire knowledge of Czech language and Czech literature throughout their development up to the present day as well as the ability to reflect theoretically on the acquired knowledge. The study programme offers a wide range of specialized courses that provide the opportunity for variety in the professional focus – a focus e.g. on dialectology, corpus linguistics, and computational linguistics, Czech as a foreign language, etc. in linguistic courses, a focus e.g. on editorial work, children’s literature, theory of translation, etc. in literary courses. Adequate qualification and the necessary level of professional adaptability with regard to practical requirements will be ensured as will a methodological background for entering the doctoral degree study programme. Graduates from both single-subject and double-subject study programmes can hold positions in which a complex knowledge of the Czech language and literature is required, as is the ability to have a practically oriented command of a prestigious variety of Czech in communication practice or the readiness to manage work in media and cultural institutions of various kinds.


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

  • apply their professional education in the field of Czech studies and a variety of specialized fields, as an expert in both linguistics (onomastics, dialectology, or corpus linguistics, for instance), and literary science
  • have a perfect command of codified standard Czech, as well as a thorough understanding of the development of this prestigious language variety
  • display knowledge of Czech literature in a comparative perspective
  • gain an understanding of linguistic and literary theories, concepts, and the methodology of work with any kind of text and gain independent writing and composition skills
  • work independently with literary and scholarly texts
  • create and present scholarly texts in compliance with academic standards

Graduates will be suitable for a number of professions that require deeper expert knowledge of Czech in terms of both language and literature. Graduates are also trained for independent research, critical assessment, and adequate use of various sources of information, as well as to operate with language and survey SW applications as well as to create them. These professions include specialized positions in media (both printed and electronic), publishing houses, and other cultural institutions, in state administration, as well as in the private sector as professional experts - journalists, editors, spokespersons, documentarians, language consultants, proof-readers, instructors, etc. Double-subject graduates will be suited for a wider range of positions, thanks to the second study programme – if they study other languages, for instance, the above-stated list is enriched with positions involving translation and interpretation. The complex character of the Master’s degree study programme provides students with the opportunity to gain a more varied choice of positions in the employment market, with the potential to hold higher positions. Graduates who are interested in further education gain a theoretical and methodological background for the doctoral degree study programme.


The standard period of study is four semesters. Students must earn 120 credits in total in order to be able to take the final state examination. The 120 credits include type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses (credits are divided for double-subject study programmes). Type A/required courses form the basis of the programme’s academic profile, and are strictly regulated by programme’s accreditation. The choice of type B/selective courses is modified in accordance with the current situation, the development of particular disciplines, the market requirements of the moment, and the department’s current possibilities. Students must also pass the faculty courses that are mandatory for all study programmes.

Type C/elective courses can be chosen from courses taught throughout the university, depending on student interests and on future professional orientation.

During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.


Students must meet all requirements set by the study programme and registered in their particular control template in the Masaryk University Information System, after which they can take the final state examination, which consists of two parts.

1. Defence of the Master’s diploma thesis (in the degree study programme).

2. Oral exam in Czech language and literature. The exam consists of two parts that are focused on language and literature respectively. Questions are based on topics available on the websites of both the Department of Czech Language and the Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies.


After completion of the Master’s degree study programme. it is possible for gifted students to continue further studies in a doctoral degree study programme in Czech language or Czech literature.


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Czech Language and Literature
Abbreviation: CJ
Code: 7310T033
Type: Advanced Master's state examination
Degree: PhDr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: R7310 Rig-FI Philology
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts

Additional Information

For further information, see also the following websites:

Ústav českého jazyka (Department of Czech Language):

Ústav české literatury a knihovnictví (Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies):

Filozofická fakulta Masarykovy univerzity (Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University):