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Degree programme specification

The classical philology programme prepares students for independent, creative academic work in the field of Ancient Greek and Classical Latin philology. It expands their theoretical and methodological knowledge and teaches the skills necessary for independent scholarly work. Classical philology as a discipline examines, interprets, critically analyses, and puts into a broader literary and historical context all ancient Greek and Latin sources. At the same time, it serves as an auxiliary discipline for a variety of other scientific fields dealing with antiquity (philosophy, theology, archaeology, art history, law, the history of science, sociology, and religious studies). Graduates will gain an overview of the entire broad discipline and specialize according to their chosen language (Ancient Greek, Classical Latin) in linguistic or literary studies based on the particular topic of their dissertation.

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Admission to Doctoral degree programmes in 2024/2025 (beginning: Autumn 2024)
Submission deadline until midnight 30/4/2024

  • Information on entrance examinations designed for this degree programme

    Deadline for submitting applications: January 1 - April 30

    Deadline for submitting documents for the admission procedure: until 15 May

    Documents for the admission procedure:

    • signed CV;
    • list of publishing activities;
    • doctoral thesis project (the topic of the doctoral thesis is agreed by the applicant with their future supervisor).

      Documents for the admission procedure must be inserted into the e-application (rubric “Documents”) by 15 May. Applicants are required to include their full name and application number on all attached documents.

      The entrance examination takes the form of an oral discussion over the doctoral thesis project.

      Notice: A poof of completion of a Master’s degree programme (officially certified copy of the diploma, in the case of education obtained abroad also the so-called recognition) shall be submitted by the accepted applicants upon enrolment in the studies. For the entrance examination, a proof of completion of a Master’s degree programme is not required.

  • Evaluation criteria valid for the applicants applying for a place on this degree programme

    The applicants can obtain a maximum of 100 points. The minimum number of points for passing the exam is 70. The applicants are assessed in the following areas:

    • dissertation project (max. 40 points);
    • professional preparedness (max. 40 points);
    • motivation (max. 20 points).

Studies

  • Objectives

    The classical philology programme prepares students for independent, creative academic work in the field of Ancient Greek and Classical Latin philology. It expands their theoretical and methodological knowledge and teaches the skills necessary for independent scholarly work. Classical philology as a discipline examines, interprets, critically analyses, and puts into a broader literary and historical context all ancient Greek and Latin sources. At the same time, it serves as an auxiliary discipline for a variety of other scientific fields dealing with antiquity (philosophy, theology, archaeology, art history, law, the history of science, sociology, and religious studies). Graduates will gain an overview of the entire broad discipline and specialize according to their chosen language (Ancient Greek, Classical Latin) in linguistic or literary studies based on the particular topic of their dissertation.

  • Learning Outcomes

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

    • Reliably understand the language of their specialization;
    • Interpret, critically analyse, and put into a broader cultural context all the various text sources;
    • Work critically with ancient sources and secondary literature using linguistics, literary theory, and other auxiliary and secondary disciplines of classical philology;
    • Conduct methodologically based research in the field, making new discoveries;
    • Specialize more narrowly in the concrete topic of their doctoral thesis;
    • Present the results of their research in front of an international audience;
    • Use digital sources, tools, and databases pertaining to their field of study;
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    Graduates from doctoral studies in classical philology possess extensive knowledge of antiquity and are specialized in Ancient Greek or Classical Latin and the literature concerning the topic of their thesis. They are capable of high-quality, independent interpretation of original sources. They have a deep understanding of the subject of their specialization and are well-equipped with theoretical and methodological tools, which they apply in independent and creative scholarly work – these tools also serve as prerequisites for interdisciplinary research and international cooperation, since graduates are also expected to speak two modern foreign languages. They will find employment most easily in humanities-oriented departments of the Academy of Sciences, at universities, in libraries and museums, at printing houses, in other areas of culture or media, or as translators. Graduates can also teach Latin at high school or university, assuming they also acquire the necessary pedagogical education.

  • Practical Training

    An obligatory part of the studies is a stay abroad, during which time the graduate gain new knowledge and skills, experience a foreign environment, and make useful contacts. In exceptional and justified situations, the supervisor may agree to substitute an alternative solution for this obligation.

  • Goals of Theses

    The primary results of the doctoral studies in classical philology are a doctoral thesis and a doctoral exam. The dissertation proves the author’s ability to work in a professional, academic setting and to produce new insights. Being well-acquainted with the literature concerning the area of interest and the history of previous research into the given topic is a necessary requirement. The candidate will also employ their linguistic skills and their ability to use modern methods of interpretation. The doctoral thesis is expected to be of such quality and originality so as to be able to be published in a scholarly magazine (as a whole or at least selected parts). The formal requirements for the doctoral thesis are further specified in the Masaryk University Study and Examination Regulations; the standard thesis length is 220,000–360,000 characters.

Basic information

Abbreviation
D-KF_
Type
doctoral degree programme
Degree
Ph.D.
Length of studies
4 years
Language of instruction
Czech Czech

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number of active students

Faculty of Arts
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