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:

  • Essentials of Modern English Structure
  • 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
  • Schools of Thought in English Linguistics
  • Practical Language Skills
  • Research Techniques and Presentation I
  • Research Techniques and Presentation II
  • Research Techniques and Presentation III


Program Sequence

The official program sequence (Studienverlaufsplan) can be found here (PDF in German only).


ECTS Points


You receive ECTS points as credit 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. 

One ECTS point equals twenty-five hours’ worth of coursework; the average full course load for one semester is equal to 750 hours, or 30 ECTS points. 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 points 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.

Benutzerspezifische Werkzeuge