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Linguistics Master of Arts



The consecutive Master's programme in Lingustics at Heinrich Heine University builds on a previous successful Bachelor's programme in Lingusistics and is aimed at scientifically interested students.

This four-semester study programme with the Master of Arts (M. A. ) has an admission with "proof of special aptitude" (application and aptitude test take place directly at Heinrich-Heine University) and can be started in the summer and winter semesters.


Prerequisite is a Bachelor's degree in Integrative Linguistics or a comparable degree course with an overall grade of 2. 5 or better.

Alternatively, there is access via an aptitude test.

Good English language skills are essential.

The studies can be started in the summer and winter semesters.

"Proof of special suitability" required.

Please note the separate application deadlines for "proof of special aptitude" at the faculties.

You can find further information on the degree programmes in the Homepage of the General Linguistics: www.phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/asw



The integrative Master's degree in Linguistics is research-oriented and is based on a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics. It introduces students to current research and creates the conditions for independent scientific work. In addition to expanding their general specialist knowledge, students acquire special knowledge and skills in a field of linguistics. In addition, they acquire in-depth knowledge of individual languages and additional methodological skills. By holding a tutorial as part of a team project, students are trained in university teaching techniques and teamwork in general. The content of the Master's programme in Linguistics is divided into seven modules. In six of the seven modules, courses that are related thematically, methodologically or systematically are bundled together. The team project is the seventh module.

The prerequisite for admission is a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics or a comparable degree programme with an overall grade of 2. 5 or better. Alternatively, access can be gained via a placement test. Good English language skills are also required. The programme can be started in the summer and winter semesters.

As a student of this Master's programme, you will be trained as a scientist who is able to carry out research tasks independently at universities, research institutions or in industry. A doctoral degree can be taken up if the graduation results are good.


The course is theoretically oriented and, on the basis of a bachelor's degree in linguistics, conveys the ability to work independently as a scientist, including initial teaching experience.

The course will be extended to become an international course: about half of the courses will be held in English. The course has five components:

Professionalization in General Linguistics

Creation of a special field in general linguistics - currently morphology/; syntax/; typology (Prof. Kilu von Prince), semantics/; pragmatics (Prof. Filip), computational linguistics (Prof. Kallmeyer), phonetics/; phonology (Jun. -Prof. van de Vijver), neuro/; psycholinguistics (Prof. Indefrey)

Specialization in the linguistics of a single language (English, French, Italian, Spanish, German) Improvement of language practice in a foreign language (e. g. English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, German as a foreign language)

Didactic internship in the form of a tutorial on a course of the Bachelor's programme in a team of tutors.


Winter semester
Summer semester
4 semesters
Aptitude assessment
16/01/2021 - 09/04/2021
15/01/2021 - 15/02/2021
Relevante Dokumente:

Module guide

Examination regulations

Both available in German only.

Kontakt Studiengang:

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ruben van de Vijver

Tim Marton

Kontakt SSC:

For questions on subject combinations, application, admission and enrolment and general advice for prospective and current students:

Student Services Center (SSC)

Build. 21.02 / SSC

Phone +49 211 81‐12345

Studierenden Service Center (SSC)

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