Master of Arts
Applied Linguistics
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Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary master’s degree program at the interface between research and practice. It covers the fields of language, social communication, media, organizations, business and politics. Core modules are intercultural communication, second language acquisition, language processing and translation studies. In these modules, a closer look is taken at aspects of interpersonal communication, regional and social differences in language behavior, (im)politeness in different cultures, pragmatic competence, writing in a second language and cognitive processes during translation, among others. The degree program furthermore offers courses and research support in the fields of pragmatics, discourse analysis, genre analysis, sociolinguistics, dialectology, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics and theoretical lexicography. Students learn to plan and carry out their own research projects, for which they have access to linguistic research facilities, such as the Research Center for Empirical Pragmatics, offering a large variety of research instruments including recording devices, language corpora as well as data collection, data processing and data analysis software.

Possible lines of work:

Academia (universities, universities of applied sciences, public and private research institutions), adult education at universities (in Germany or abroad), publishing, libraries, translating, editing (e.g. English-language editing), cultural institutions, embassies (regional cultural work, exhibitions, etc.), cultural institutes, print media, radio, television, online media, journalism, public relations (agencies, foundations, authorities, private businesses, associations), market research, international relations and cooperation (e.g. EU institutions), international organizations

Open admission
Master of Arts
Single Subject
English
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

German language proficiency (CEFR level B2)

English language proficiency (min. 18 ECTS credits in practical language modules of English Studies OR equivalent proof of CEFR level C1 language proficiency)

Min. 36 ECTS credits in modules of English Studies

Specific modules: Linguistics (18 ECTS credits) OR general and applies linguistics (18 ECTS credits)


At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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