The Master Program in Linguistics is a program in theoretical linguistics with English as the language of instruction. It is a 4-semester consecutive one-subject-study, which builds on and deepens the knowledge that the participant gained during their Bachelor’s qualification, by specializing in research-oriented study in three working and research fields of linguistics. The research fields of syntax, semantics, phonology, psycho- and neurolinguistics, language variation and change as well as constraint-based grammar are available.

The master’s program Linguistics qualifies students to make theoretically founded and empirically based statements about different aspects of “language” and to investigate them further in independent research-oriented work. To this end, the study expands and deepens the theoretical foundations and techniques of linguistic language description. In addition, the focus is on dealing with the current state of research and current research initiatives. The goal is to guide the students to independent conception and execution of research work.

Please note that it is not a program in English Linguistics. Therefore, a BA in theoretical linguistics or equivalent qualification is required to participate in the program. A BA in English and Literature, in English lessons or in English translation is not enough to ensure a successful application.


Current information concerning studying during COVID-19:

In the coming winter term (2020/21), classes of the department of linguistics will be mostly digital. You can find specific information on your classes in the course catalogue or in OLAT.



For questions regarding the recognition of study achievements please contact Matthias Schulze-Bünte.