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Language and Linguistics: German, English and Romance Languages


Master of Arts

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Language of instruction

Focal languages: English, French, German, Spanish/ language of instruction: focal language, German


Overview of dates and deadlines


The degree program

The Master's degree program is designed for graduates of a linguistic Bachelor's degree program who want to reinforce their knowledge in different areas of linguistics, in particular in language structures, language use and language variation, as well as in theories and methods of linguistics.
Aligned in a research-oriented manner, this degree program is particularly suitable for students who want to continue their education in linguists and who see their future career mostly in the area of science and science-related professions. The focus in this degree program is on a linguistically-theoretical part, with the application-related share being comparatively small.

The degree program qualifies for tasks in the scientific area in the following professional fields and social areas:

  • Science, research and teaching at universities and other education facilities (public and private sponsors)
  • Work in teaching and learning media publishing houses
  • Language-related consulting in institutions and organizations
  • Activities in different editorial offices (public and private facilities): Radio, newspapers, (specialist) journals, TV and online media.

The degree program can be studied in the research-oriented subject combination program (advanced major) and in the major-minor combination (as a major or minor subject). The degree program comprises the following subject areas:

  • Analysis of language structures (phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics)
  • Theories of linguistics
  • Methods of empirical research
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Variety linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Pragmatic
  • Language change
  • Language contact
  • Language acquisition
  • Multiple languages
  • Text linguistics
  • Language practice

Specific study elements are studied in light of a linguistic focus to be selected. Linguistic focuses are:

  • German
  • English
  • Romance studies (French + Spanish)


Study structure

In the major-minor combination Language and Linguistics can be combined with the following minor subjects:


Admission requirements

1) Completed studies in a Bachelor's degree program of a relevant subject with a linguistic focus
2) Completed studies in a degree program in an equivalent subject (e.g. study programs as a teacher with a regular study time of at least six semesters or equivalent foreign courses of study).
The examination regulations relevant at the time shall apply.


Important information


In any case, very good knowledge in the languages of the chosen language focus (level C1) is required. In the case of Spanish as linguistic focus, admission is possible on level B2; level C1 must be proven at the latest when signing up for the Master's thesis in this case.
The language requirements also include English skills (level B2).


Study organization

Examination regulations/degree plan/module manuals/internship rules

Examination regulations (POs) specify the basic structures of a degree program (e.g. admission requirements and contents to be studied). Students are automatically subject to the current version of their PO when they matriculate for their first subject-related semester. This means that even if the PO changes during their studies, the original version according to which they matriculated will remain valid (provided that the PO does not expire).
The respective degree plan is the recommended example progress of the studies in individual subjects and is part of a PO.
Supplementary provisions and details for any module to be studied can be found in the module manually (e.g. requirements for taking a written test or content-related information on the modules/events, ...).
The internship rules define the conditions under which the required or optional internships must be completed.

We recommend at least looking at the study schedule for your degree program before the lecture time starts, to ensure that you know which modules are intended for the start of your studies.