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Program Structure and Content

Modules and Courses

The Master of Arts in English Language and Linguistics is made up of modules. Each module can consist of a variety of course types, including seminars, lectures and tutorials – all focusing on a specific theme. The modules include both required and elective seminars. 

The course of study includes the following modules:

  • The Structure of Modern English
  • Present-Day English: Regional, Social and Stylistic Variability
  • Language Change and the History of English
  • Discourse and Communication
  • Psycholinguistics: Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
  • Corpus Linguistics and Language Technology
  • Theories and Schools of Thought in English Linguistics
  • Language Practice
  • Research Methods and Practical Experience


Program Regulations

View the program requirements and regulations (Prüfungsordnung) (in German; view the unofficial English version here).


Program Sequence

View the official program sequence (Studienverlaufsplan) (PDF in German only).


ECTS Credits

You receive ECTS credits for the courses taken in this master’s program. The ECTS system quantifies workload in terms of the amount of time per course students will have to spend attending lectures, doing readings, completing assignments and writing exams/term papers. 

One ECTS credit equals twenty-five hours worth of coursework; the average full course load for one semester is equal to 750 hours, or 30 ECTS credits. The ECTS system helps outline the general structure of the program, and also defines the amount of time each of the required elements of the program should take. It facilitates the documentation of students’ progress.

In total, 120 ECTS credits must be accumulated for the successful completion of this master’s program.


Beginning and Length of the Program

The Master's in English Language and Linguistics is designed as a two-year, full-time course of study. It begins every winter semester in October. More information on the application process and deadline can be found here.

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