German Linguistics (Master of Arts)
(Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft, M.A.)
|Degree: Master of Arts|
|Duration: 4 semesters|
|Internship: Completing an internship or even several internships throughout the programme is recommended particularly regarding professional orientation.|
Requirements for Admission: |
1. Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) are comprised of a “Bachelor of Arts” or “Bachelor or Science degree” from the same programme or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. Please also note the general information on the Master’s degree programme, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.
2. English language skills at B2 level (CEF) (proof with report cards or equivalents)
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for adimssion are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester (recommended) or summer semester (without degree completion guarantee)|
|Application Deadline: July 15 (for winter semester); January 15 (for summer semester)|
|Special features: —|
The Master of Arts programme German Linguistics aims at providing the students with linguistically founded text skills with respect to different occupational fields in which the handling of texts plays a special role in the daily work routine. This includes the reflected production, reception and review of texts as well as the skills to reconstruct knowledge from texts on the one hand and to use them as an instrument for knowledge transfer on the other.
The students acquire specialised skills in the research areas of writing research, text and discourse linguistics, text stylistics, and intercultural communication.
To expand these fundamentals, the students can choose from two areas of focus: “Text skills” and “German as a Foreign and Second Language (DaF/DaZ)”.
Information about the two areas of focus:
“Text skills” (particularly with respect to the context of Language and Occupation): This focus is about recognising linguistically relevant problems of the professional practice in its situational connection, adjusting their theoretical and methodical knowledge to it, developing creative solutions, as well as preparing texts taking into account occupation-specific requirements and guiding the corresponding text production.
“German as a Foreign and Second Language (DaF/DaZ)”: This focus deals with educational (language-teaching) conduct in view of the specific requirements of a target group. This includes consciously taking into consideration culture-specific aspects of teaching and learning foreign languages. Moreover, the education and socio-political framework and the objectives of German as a Foreign and Second Language as a specialist discipline are reflected on, and the conceptual differences of an everyday language and a language of education, BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills), and CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency) are reconstructed.
Further information may be found at: Studieninformationen des Instituts für Sprachwissenschaft (programme information of the (Institute of Linguistics)
Advice for Prospective M.A. Students
While a Bachelor’s degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master’s degree serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates and to analyze the subject based on research. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own major focus.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
Related Degree Programmes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
The job market for graduates of German Studies is generally broad and varied. Graduates are especially sought for positions at universities, in literary and linguistic teaching and research as well as in language teaching in the private school system. Other career opportunities can be found in schoolbook and textbook editing, in publishing houses (e.g. in editing), in radio, TV and newspaper editorial teams, in PR and advertisement agencies, in libraries and archives, in international organisations, at Goethe Institutes, as well as in the cultural sector (e.g. as dramaturge at theaters). With additional business qualifications, they can find employment in business enterprises (e.g. in marketing and distribution or in human resources).
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree program to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities may be found on the following websites:
Deutscher Germanistenverband (Association of German Linguists)
Deutscher Philologenverband e. V. (German Association of Philologists)
Fachverband Deutsch im Deutschen Germanistenverband (German Specialist Association within the Association of German Linguists)
Verein Deutsche Sprache (German Language Association)
Institut für deutsche Sprache (IDS) (Institute for German lLanguage)