Master of Arts


The interdisciplinary master's degree program Linguistics incorporates input from the fields of German studies, English studies and Romance studies as well as intercultural communications and multilingualism research. It is intended for students who have completed a bachelor's degree program in linguistics or philology. The degree program is research-oriented and covers the full spectrum of synchronic and diachronic linguistics.

At the program’s core is the cultivation of students’ ability to combine linguistic theory development with empirical methods and apply them across different fields in an interdisciplinary manner. The study program specifically advances students’ ability to independently develop and carry out research projects. The modules are generally offered by all participating philologies. This gives students the possibility to study linguistics regardless of which languages they know or which specializations they pursue.

The objective of the degree program is to give students access to linguistic research at an international level. Aside from linguistics, the master's degree program opens up prospects in diverse occupational fields such as language instruction and media communications.


Possible lines of work:

Education (adult education, languages courses, educational/vocational institutes (Bildungswerke), etc.), cultural management (theater, opera, museums, etc.), journalism/media industry, communications industry (marketing, public relations, translation), book industry (libraries, booksellers, publishers), international cultural relations, tourism, international organizations/ public authorities/ governmental or non-governmental organizations, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, university administration, etc.)

Open admission
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination regulations (legally binding information to follow)

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

German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam. regulations)

Minimum grade of 3.0 or local equivalent

Specific modules: Theories, models and methods from at least two central linguistic description levels (morphology, syntax, semantics, text linguistics, pragmatics (12 ECTS credits) | Language history and variationist linguistics/dialectology (12 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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