At a glance

  • Field of study

    humanities and linguistics
  • Degree type

  • Degree

    Master of Arts
  • Language of instruction

  • Full/part-time

    full-time, part-time
  • Course start

    summer semester, winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    without admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    Four semesters

  • ECTS credits



  • General qualification for the study programme is proven by a first academic degree or by a degree from a state or state-recognised university of cooperative education.
  • Successful completion of a BA programme in general linguistics. Graduates of other courses can be admitted with the approval of the examination board. When commencing the programme, students must demonstrate knowledge of English at B2 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and of another foreign language at B1 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) by providing their Abitur certificate or passing an entrance examination at a university or a state-recognised educational institution.
  • Knowledge of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • knowledge of a further foreign language at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The Faculty of Philology will check whether the above requirements have been met and then issue an official notification. This serves as proof that the candidate meets the relevant admission requirements.


The Linguistics master’s programme builds on the BA programme in the same field and focuses more strongly on research. In particular, it equips students with in-depth knowledge in the three areas of grammatical theory (phonology, morphology, syntax), linguistic typology and computational/experimental approaches to grammar. The programme offers:

  • Focus on phonology, morphology and syntax in the world’s languages
  • Synthesis of grammatical theory and linguistic typology
  • Seminars on fieldwork, computational and experimental methods
  • Range of theoretical approaches
  • Integration of students into ongoing, externally funded research projects
  • Guest lectures by renowned international scholars
  • Individual supervision
  • Funded positions for students as research/teaching assistants
  • Mentoring for early publication activities
  • Excellent preparation for admission to the IGRA graduate programme as part of the Research Academy Leipzig
  • Internationally visible, highly active scientific environment at the forefront of academic research.

The programme consists of different types of modules and a final thesis.

  • Basic modules
  • In-depth modules
  • Special modules
  • Master’s thesis

Completing the master’s degree in Linguistics is a prerequisite for commencing subsequent doctoral training as part of the IGRA (Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks) group at the Research Academy Leipzig. It is thus possible to work in the field of research and teaching in linguistics or in one of the numerous neighbouring disciplines of linguistics.

Due to the highly general nature and the diversity of the knowledge and methods acquired, the programme also offers good starting conditions for a differentiated career in various social areas, e.g. for interpersonal and institutionalised communication (publishing houses, media, other public relations work) or for technically supported information, documentation and terminology work.


Course start: winter semester
Admission restriction (NCU): no
Application period: 2 May–15 September
Application portal: AlmaWeb

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

Options in the winter semester: 3rd semester – without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester, 3rd semester and 4th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Application period: 2 May–15 September for the winter semester; 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: credits form (Anrechnungsbescheid)

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.


Compulsory curriculum in English

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