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General Linguistics (M.A.)

Linguistics in all its variety: In this Master's degree programme, students can deepen their knowledge of modern formal linguistics as well as learn about new aspects of the subject. The programme focuses on synchronic syntax and phonology. Diachronic issues are, however, also a part of the education you will receive, as is empirical work.


Programme: General Linguistics
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard duration of study: 4 semesters
Start: Winter semester
Degree programme options: Single Honours MA in General Linguistics (78 C); Joint Honours MA in General Linguistics (42 C); module packages: General Linguistics as MA minor subject (36 C/18 C)
Admission requirements for Single and Joint Honours MA: Overview
Language knowledge: English language skills and knowledge of an additional foreign language are recommanded.
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview
Note for international applicants: For the enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities certified proficiency in German language is required!
Application: application procedure (application to the faculty of humanities)
Language of the programme: German

Programme description:
The Master's programme conveys in-depth and reflected knowledge of fundamental descriptive and analytical theories and methods. In addition, students will also acquire the skills needed for independent and interdisciplinary scientific work in issues that are pertinant to all individual languages.

Programme structure:
Subject-specific studies comprise 42 credits in modules on the topics Descriptive Linguistics, Phonology, Theory of Language Change, Theoretical Linguistics, Empirical Methods in Linguistics as well as Linguistic Research Strategies. “Module packets” are offered in other subjects with a scope of 36 and 18 credits.

Occupational fields:
The programme qualifies graduates for work in the field of linguistic research and for work outside of research institutes that require a scientifically founded approach to languages and language structures (research administration, media, publishing houses, educational institutes, information technology, culture management). In addition, the programme provides the basis for research work during doctoral studies.

Related programmes:
All subjects of the Master's programmes of the Faculty of Humanities with the possibility to select linguistic concentration.