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Linguistics (M.A.)


The Master's program conveys in-depth and reflected knowledge of current linguistic theories and methods. It offers possibilities of building a scientific profile in the areas of text and discourse processing, typology and fieldwork, language change, and sign language research. Students acquire skills in independent research and interdisciplinary work.

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of studies:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
winter term, summer term
Language of the programme:
the program can be completed in English; courses are offered in English and German

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The Master's Program in Linguistics is a consecutive program that builds upon a Bachelor's program in Linguistics or philology. It conveys in-depth knowledge in empirical and theoretical linguistics with a focus on text analysis & discourse processing, typology & fieldwork, language change, sign languages & visual communication.

The degree program reflects our dedication to the empirical turn in linguistics (experimental and corpus-based methods) and to theoretical approaches in the generative tradition.

This Master’s program is based on the two major pillars of modern linguistic research:

  • dedication to the analytical study of language;
  • use of precise experimental and observational methods.
Starting with solid empirical and theoretical foundations, the program elaborates four research areas as part of the profile-building domain, offered as elective modules: text analysis & discourse processing, typology & fieldwork, language change, sign languages & visual communication:

For further information, please visit the homepage of the Institute for Linguistics .

The program 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 program provides the basis for research work during doctoral studies. Visit our website on Perspectives after linguistics for further details.

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Structure of degree programme

This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

  • Single Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master)
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 credits
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with two module packages (minors) totalling 18 credits each

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Previous Education

  • B.A. degree or equivalent
  • at least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Eligibility:
    • For Single (78 C) and Joint Honours MA (42):
      Evidence must be submitted of credits in general linguistics, linguistics or a specific philology to the extent of at least 60 C, including a total of at least 36 C from the areas of syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics and/or empirical linguistics (psycholinguistics, corpus-based data acquisition and/or academic language courses, the latter with a maximum of 12 credits).
    • For module package (36C/18C):
      Evidence must be submitted of at least two modules or part-modules from the core areas of theoretical linguistics (Phonetics/Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics).

Language requirements

  • Unless native speakers of English, applicants must provide proof of proficiency in English at the level of:
    a) UNIcert® III;
    b) NULTE C1;
    c) Cambridge English Scale 180 points;
    d) IELTS Academic 6.5;
    e) TOEFL iBT 93 points;
    f) Global Scale of English (Pearson Academic) 76 points;
    g) C1 or higher according to GeR;
    or the completion of a program of studies that has English skills (at least level GeR-C1) as accredited target. These applicants do not need to supply a certificate of proficiency in German.
  • Applicants with very good knowledge of German (or previous studies in a German university) must provide proof of proficiency in English at the level of
    a) UNIcert® II;
    b) NULTE B2;
    c) Cambridge English Scale 160 points;
    d) IELTS Academic 5.5;
    e) TOEFL iBT 59 points;
    f) Global Scale of English (Pearson Academic) 59 points;
    g) B2 or higher according to GeR;
    or a stay of one year (for study or professional purposes) in an English speaking country.


Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Academic Advising

Department of Linguistics
apl. Prof. Dr. Götz Keydana

Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3
37073 Göttingen

Tel. +49 551 39 5478
Fax. +49 551 39 5803

Questions regarding applications

Snezana Weber M.A.

Humboldtallee 17
Room 1.110 (1st floor)
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26717
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010