Applied Linguistics – Use, Processing and Acquisition of Language

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Master programme

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter- and summer semester
4 semester
Academic degree
Master of Arts (M. A.)
full time and part time
Faculty of Philosophy
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Teaching language
German, English

Course Details

The Master's programme Applied Linguistics – Use, Processing and Acquisition of Language enables you to take an in-depth look at the scientific principles of linguistics and their possible applications. The programme teaches methods and theories in different linguistic research areas with application-oriented problem solving, through which you acquire reflective and practically oriented skills in different fields of knowledge and action.

The choice and combination of modules allows you to specialise in different areas of applied linguistics.

The Master's programme and its areas of specialisation are closely related to the following activities, which serve to promote young academics:

Research focus "Education, School, and Behaviour"

Graduate centre on language proficiency in the Erfurt doctoral and postdoctoral program (EPPP)

Job & Career Perspectives

With a successful Master's degree, you lay a solid foundation for further academic qualifications as well as for work in non-university professional fields. Depending on your chosen specialization, it opens up career opportunities in the following fields and companies:

  • Language development
  • Speech pathology
  • multilingual educational programmes
  • language policy advice
  • Communication consulting and coaching (also in the intercultural field) and editorial offices
  • Publishers
  • Media and German editing abroad.

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Applied Linguistics in Detail

Structure of the study programme

The study of linguistics comprises 120 credit points (LP) and is divided into a three-semester study phase (90 LP) and a semester for writing the Master's thesis (30 LP). The course offering consists of two compulsory modules and seven further modules, three of which must be chosen.

Obligatory modules:

  • Scientific and methodical basics
  • Field of work

Three elective modules for the training of one focus:

  • Language usage
  • Language and cognition
  • Language acquisition and multilingualism
  • Language and brain
  • Language and society
  • Multilingualism and interculturalism
  • Language and logic

Study abroad

Study abroad

A semester abroad in an English-speaking country is strongly recommended. The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.

Study abroad

Admissions qualification

  • Completion of a first university degree with a grade of 2.3 or better such as
    • a relevant linguistic course of study,
    • a philological or teacher training course or a course in speech and language therapy in which the sum of credits earned in courses with a linguistic focus is at least 20 ECTS, or
    • a psychology degree programme if it has a linguistic or cognitive psychology component of at least 20 ECTS.

If individual admission requirements are not met, the board of examiners may make admission to the programme subject to appropriate conditions.

Language requirements

Language requirements

At the beginning of the studies:

  • English language competence at level B2 or higher
  • German language competence at level C1

Until the end of the studies:

  • Knowledge of a foreign language at least at level B1

Language skills of a comparable level in other languages (not included in the CEFR) may also be recognised on request. Students whose native language is not German or English may also choose German or English as a foreign language. In these cases, level C1 or higher must be proven.

Language Center

The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.

International applicants

International applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of sufficient German language skills (level B1) upon application.

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH):

Language and Admission Requirements 

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The recommended application period for the Master's programme Applied Linguistics with a focus on language use, language processing and language acquisition is from 1 January to 15 July for the winter semester and for the summer semester from 1 November to 15 January. *) **)

*) If your application is received by 15 July or 15 January, the University of Erfurt will endeavour to inform you of the admission decision promptly after reviewing your application. By accepting the place, you can enrol immediately.

**) If we do not receive your application until after the recommended deadline of 15 September or 15 March at the latest, we cannot guarantee that your application will be processed promptly; the last time decisions on admission are made is in the week before the start of lectures.

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