Modern Greek Language and Literature – Field of study catalogue MU
Modern Greek Language and Literature
“Greek the language they gave me; poor the house on Homer's shores.” Odysseas Elytis
The main objective of the doctoral degree study programme in Modern Greek language and literature is to systematically prepare students for independent scholarly research in the field of Modern Greek. The preparation of a doctoral degree thesis is an essential part of the doctoral degree studies. Students may choose to specialize in literature (Byzantine/Modern Greek) or language (Byzantine/Modern Greek).
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- understand and apply research methods within a particular area of Modern Greek studies and related disciplines
- establish and carry out advanced research procedures and conduct original research that enriches current knowledge in a particular area
- carry out independent research activities (including self-evaluation)
- produce a substantial work that broadens the horizons of learning in a particular field of research
- present and defend the results of research in international context
- interpret and critically evaluate both Czech and foreign scholarly literature
Graduates of the doctoral degree study programme in Modern Greek language and literature can use their skills in many careers and job roles. They are properly qualified to work in the field of Modern Greek studies, especially as academic teachers and researchers at universities and other research institutions, such as the Czech Academy of Sciences. They are also qualified to work in the field of literary and commercial translation, as interpreters from Greek to Czech and vice versa, in tourism, and in areas where an excellent command of Modern Greek is required (diplomacy, European Union institutions, commercial sector, banking sector, etc.). Graduates are also prepared for humanities professions requiring independent, critical thinking skills, such as publishing houses, media, etc.
The standard duration of the doctoral degree study programme is four years (eight semesters). In the course of their studies students have to earn 240 credits. Type A/required courses make up 214 credits and type B/selective courses are 26 credits.
According to their individual study plans, doctoral degree students take seminars on methodology, language courses (students complete this requirement either through the Language Centre of Masaryk University or through a lecture or a publication in a foreign language; the selected option must be approved by the doctoral committee and the supervisor) and seminars on language and literary theory.
The scholarly preparation of doctoral degree students involves type B/selective courses, individual consultations, and independent reading assignments in Modern Greek, including interpretations of the assigned texts. The preparation of a doctoral degree thesis is an essential part of the doctoral degree study programme. During the study programme, students must present the results of their research at least at one conference, workshop, or seminar, and publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal or proceedings. Other publication results, such as book reports/reviews and translations, are welcome.
Doctoral degree students take selective courses (Special Lecture I-IV) after agreement with their supervisors. Type B/selective credit can also be obtained for a study stay abroad.
The doctoral degree study programme ends with the defence of the doctoral degree thesis and the doctoral final state examination.
Doctoral degree final state examination
Doctoral final state examination: The doctoral student shall prepare the exposition and defence of five minor theses. These are chosen in coordination with the supervisor and submitted in writing (required length: 3-5 pages, including literature) at least two months before the planned date of the doctoral final state examination at the secretary of the Department of Classical Studies. Minor theses may not be similar in content to the topic of the doctoral thesis. The doctoral committee reserves the right to return insufficiently prepared materials for reworking. During the examination, the doctoral student shall present at least two minor theses and answer additional questions based on the requirements of the examination committee.