Classical Philology

To the roots of our civilization.

General information

The main aim of this doctoral degree study programme is the systematic preparation of the student for professional scholarly work. Professional formation consists of elective courses, individual consultations, and autonomous preparation, as well as reading and interpreting the original Greek texts included in the reading list. The most fundamental part of the doctoral degree study programme is the preparation of the doctoral thesis.

A successful graduate is able to

  • systematically understand and master the methodology of the selected subfield, including interdisciplinary considerations
  • conceive, design, and execute advanced scientific methods and present original research
  • independently develop scholarly work, including the ability to critically self-reflect
  • present a major contribution to the field of classical philology that expands the boundaries of current scholarly knowledge
  • present and defend the results of the research in an international forum (talks and publications)

Graduate employment

Upon successful completion of the doctoral degree study programme, graduates possess thorough knowledge in a selected major field of classical philology (Greek or Latin linguistics; Greek or Roman literary criticism), including the historical, linguistic, and sociocultural contexts. Students may also choose subfields of ancient philosophy, ancient religions, fine arts, Greek and Roman history, private life in the antiquity, comparative linguistics, and comparative literary criticism. In addition to excellent understanding of ancient Greek and Latin texts, graduates possess deep knowledge of the theoretical and methodological principles of translation from Latin and Greek writings. Graduates are also capable of independent and thorough interpretation of original texts. They have obtained deep knowledge of their field of study and are therefore well prepared to apply scientific theoretical and methodological principles in independent and creative scientific work. Graduates possess a mastery of one foreign language (at minimum) and, given the obtained theoretical bases in linguistics, their linguistic competence may be further extended to cover other modern foreign languages of the Indo-European language family, esp. Romance languages and Modern Greek.

Graduates are well prepared for independent work at all humanities-oriented institutions requiring independent and critical thinking, especially at universities and selected high schools (after completing a specialization in high school teaching) and at major scientific institutions, as translators of scholarly literature, and as media editors. The professional formation of the graduates allows them to work in humanities and social sciences departments of the Academy of the Sciences, in archives, libraries, museums, and publishing houses, as well as in diplomacy and the institutions of the European Union.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study doctoral
Mode full-time, combined
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction czech

Admission Requirements

Unfortunately no information about admission requirements is available.

Additional information

https://www.phil.muni.cz/pro-uchazece/doktorske-studium/prijimaci-rizeni