Follow-up Master's studies
Baltic Studies continues on as a single or double major master’s programme with a standard length of four semesters.
The basic layout, that is, the parallel study of a language alongside the cultural-historical context, is the same as at the bachelor level of study. However, the master’s programme differs from the bachelor’s programme regarding the nature of the studies, as the focal point is no longer lectures but instead seminars. It is assumed that students have mastered one Baltic language to the extent that they are now able to consistently read in it. Both cultural-historical and linguistic courses rely on explanations from lectures but also on interpretations of sources during seminars.
The follow-up master’s programme will develop knowledge of the first Baltic region language (Lithuanian or Finnish) and will allow for continuing the second language or the addition of other languages. A philological-historical or linguistic specialisation is possible as well. The follow-up master’s programme provides the student with an interpretation of the language from various perspectives and within different contexts (complete and extensive overview of the linguistic system; historical-developmental connections of a national language; socio-geographic-political position; expansion and stratification of a national language; the tradition of perception of a national language), as well as systematic development of translation proficiency.
You can enrol in the master’s programme in Baltic Studies if you have passed the entrance exam. However, this exam is not compulsory for students who have earned A or B grade on their bachelor exam in Baltic Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University. You can only enrol in the master’s programme if you have knowledge of Lithuanian or Finnish language to the extent that it enables you to read literary and scholarly texts in these languages.