German Linguistics (M.A.)


German Linguistics (Master of Arts)

(Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft, M.A.)


General Information

Degree: Master of Arts
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German
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 admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) 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: International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application: Online
Special features:

Brief Description

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)”.

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

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.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Institute for Linguistics and Literature


Advice for Prospective M.A. Students

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