University of Erfurt

Applied Linguistics – Acquisition, Processing and Use of Language: Master Program

Master-Studiengang Angewandte Linguistik der Universität Erfurt
Master-Studiengang Angewandte Linguistik der Universität Erfurt

Degree Profile

  • Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Begin of studies: winter semester
  • Duration: 4 semesters (120 ECTS credits)
  • Faculty: Faculty of Philosophy
  • Accreditation: first accredited by ACQUIN
  • Structure: consecutive and research-oriented
  • Tuition fees: none (only administrative charges)

Course Details

The MA programme “Applied Linguistics – Acquisition, Processing and Use of Language” provides postgraduate students with detailed knowledge about linguistic theories and their applications in a variety of contexts. The degree programme introduces students to different methods and theories in key areas of linguistic research. Students learn how to use these methods and theories to investigate and analyse linguistic topics in a variety of areas. The choice of compulsory and elective modules enables students to specialize in different areas of applied linguistics.

The MA programme and its specialization areas are closely related to the following activities that are intended to assist postgraduate students:

  • university research focus “Education – teaching, learning and media socialization” and
  • research group “Competence in Language: Issues in Language Development, Processing and Use” in the post-graduate and post-doctoral programme (EPPP) at Erfurt

Career Prospects and Employability

A master degree in “Applied Linguistics” prepares students for further academic research and a variety of other employment options outside of academia. Depending on the chosen specialization, students may later choose to pursue careers in the following sectors:

  • Language promotion
  • Language pathology
  • Multilingual education programmes
  • Counselling on language policy
  • Communications consultancy and coaching (also in a cross-cultural field)
  • Editorial departments
  • Publishing houses
  • Media
  • Language teaching of adult learners

Download: Flyer Beispielhafte berufliche Perspektiven für den Master Angewandte Linguistik (*pdf) [German only]


The programme comprises 120 credits. Students attend seminars and lectures in the first three semesters (90 credits) and write their MA dissertation in the fourth semester (30 credits). The curriculum consists of two compulsory modules and seven additional modules, from which three are to be chosen.
Compulsory modules:

  • Subject-specific and methodological foundations
  • Career-oriented practical training

Elective modules (students must choose three out of seven):

  • Language use
  • Language and cognition
  • Language and multilingualism
  • Language and brain
  • Language and society
  • Multilingualism and intercultural language use
  • Language and logic

Admission Requirements

Admission to the master programme “Applied Linguistics” is granted with an undergraduate degree with a mark corresponding to the German grade 2.3 or better.
The undergraduate degree can either be

    • a relevant linguistics degree,
    • a language and literature degree (also as part of a teacher’s degree), in which the sum of credits acquired in classes with a linguistic focus is 20 credits or above or
    • a psychology degree if it contains a component in linguistic or cognitive psychology with at least 20 credits.

    Students need to have listening and reading skills in English at C1 level.

    If individual admission requirements are not met, the examination board may allow admission to the programme only in conjunction with specific requirements.


    Information on application deadlines, procedures, admission and enrolment can be found at:

    Appplication Deadline: Applications are accepted from 1 April to 15 July.



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