Philological Area Studies

Seeing Eastern, Central, and Southeastern Europe in a broader context.

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The aim of this doctoral degree study programme is to prepare highly qualified experts in philological and area studies who will be able to interconnect various study fields on the basis of their principles and on the comparative typology of texts, and who will be able to find common areas by creating interconnections between social and philological sciences. These area studies connect the approaches of social sciences (e.g. historical, political, and scientific) with linguistic, literary, and generally cultural approaches, on the basis of the comparative typology of literary, journalistic, and scientific texts. This interconnection between philological and social sciences should enable students to work with new views on language and literature, as well as on individual social sciences. Slavonic studies and Slavonic philology are among the typical area studies (mixed Slavonic and non-Slavonic areas of Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans). These area studies form the content basis of this study programme against the background of other European languages and cultural-political areas.


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

  • work independently in scientific research in philological-area studies (specializing in a chosen area)
  • use expert knowledge of the chosen areas
  • be oriented in cultural contexts and in the broader literary, linguistic, and cultural issues of European (Slavonic) areas
  • communicate in at least two European languages from two different European areas
  • work in education in teaching the culture of European (Slavonic) areas or in a particular area in universities

Graduates of this doctoral degree study programme are qualified and competent experts on philological-area studies in their general aspects and in one or several concrete cultural areas, e.g., Central Europe, the Balkans, or Eastern Europe. They are prepared for work in middle and upper-level positions in civil service, public administration, education (including higher education), culture, the Czech Academy of Sciences, foreign service, and generally in politics addressing national, international, educational, and cultural issues. They can also work in middle and senior company management. They are experts in minority cultures, multiculturalism, and comparative cultural studies. Thanks to their broad academic qualifications, graduates can easily find employment in a number of positions: as university lecturers and secondary school teachers, scientists, employees in scientific institutions (e.g. Czech Academy of Sciences), in senior positions in civil service or in public administration, as highly qualified experts on culture or education, in the foreign service, and in middle or senior management in companies doing business internationally.


The basic form of this doctoral degree study programme is an individual and systematic preparation for creative scientific and expert work in the studied field under the individual supervision of an accredited supervisor.

This doctoral degree study programme includes methodological training, specialized training, and language learning.

Some general methodological training is taught to all doctoral degree students at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. It is organized by the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. Some methodological training is provided within the students’ specific degree study programme.

The specialized training in general theory is earned through type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses focusing on linguistics and literary theory, general and comparative genre studies, social studies, and mass media studies – approached from an area studies perspective.

Language learning involves meeting the requirements of achieving a set level of language competence in one other world language.

A crucial part of this doctoral degree study programme is writing a doctoral dissertation under the individual supervision of an accredited supervisor. In addition to study obligations, the study programme involves meeting additional requirements, such as speaking at a conference, publishing a research paper, or participating in teaching students at the home department.

The studies are guided and supervised by the university credit system. The students have to earn at least 240 credits: 20 credits for common methodological courses; 4 credits for demonstrating the required language competence in another world language (English, French, German or Spanish); 40 credits for type A/required courses of the chosen study programme; 10 credits for type B/selective theoretical courses; 20 credits for a one-semester internship in a foreign country (this is compulsory for full-time studies); 110 credits for courses focusing on doctoral thesis preparation and submission; and 40 credits for research paper publication and conference participation.


The doctoral degree study programme is concluded by the doctoral final state examination in the chosen specialization, before the doctoral final state examination board and the doctoral thesis defence. Both parts usually take place on the same date.

The organization, process, and evaluation of the doctoral final state examination are specified in the MU Study and Examination Regulations (articles 30-33):


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Philological Area Studies
Abbreviation: AREA
Code: 7310V303
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

Department of Slavonic Studies – study information:

Additional information about this field of study (in Czech):