Entrance Exams – M.A.

Entrance exam requirements

The entrance examination for admission to the M.A. degree programme at the Department of English Language and Literature is in a written form and takes 60 minutes. This written exam consists of two parts, a linguistic and a literature overview test. The points are equally divided between these two parts; for each test the maximum of 15 points can be achieved. All questions are multiple-choice. The linguistic test probes the applicant’s aptitude to analyse a given text with regard to its phonetic, phonological, morphological, lexicological and syntactic properties. The test verifies the candidate’s ability to contextualize and apply his or her theoretical knowledge to an authentic sample of text. The usage of essential terminology of the linguistic disciplines in question is presupposed. The literary part examines the applicant’s familiarity with the development of English and American literatures from their beginnings to the present, especially major developmental tendencies, representatives, works and historical contexts.

Recommended texts


DUŠKOVÁ, L. et al. (2003 [1988]). Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny. Praha: Academia.

DUŠKOVÁ, L. (2002) Syntax současné angličtiny. Sbírka textů a příkladů k syntaktickému rozboru. Praha, UK v Praze – nakladatelství Karolinum.

DUŠKOVÁ et al. (2001). Morfologie současné angličtiny. Sbírka cvičení, příkladů a textů k morfologickému rozboru. Praha, UK v Praze – nakladatelství Karolinum.

GREENBAUM, S., QUIRK, R. (1990). A Student ́s Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman.

QUIRK, R. et al. (1985) A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. WF Appendix, Longman.

ROACH, P.(1983). English Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge University Press.


BRADBURY, M., Ruland, R. (1991). From Puritanism to Postmodernism. Penguin Books.

BRADBURY, M (1994). The Modern British Novel. Penguin Books.

HEAD, D. (2002). Modern British Fiction, 1950-2000. Cambridge University Press.

PROCHÁZKA, M. et al. (2011). Lectures on American Literature. UK v Praze, Karolinum.

ROGERS, P. (1994). The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature. Oxford University Press.

SANDERS, A. (2004). The Short Oxford History of English Literature. Oxford University Press.