Humanities Faculty

General Linguistics

The MA program „General Linguistics“

It is necessary to apply online for the program. For further information please follow the link.

Application deadlines: It is recommended to submit the complete application no later than 15 July (for winter semester studies) or 15 January (for summer semester studies).

The MA program in a nutshell

Since winter semester 2013/2014, the department has been offering the MA program “General Linguistics”. This academic program is especially tailored for graduates with a focus on linguistics in their first degrees. The core part of the program is taught in English. Linguistics in Bamberg is primarily empirically oriented. Students are encouraged to work on actual language data, from a wide variety of different languages, in particular lesser-known languages and varieties.

For details regarding the structure and content of the academic program, please see the Module Handbook

Entry requirements

Prospective students must hold a university degree with a total grade of at least the German grade “gut” (2,5) or an equivalent grade from a foreign institution. Additionally, prospective students must have been awarded at least 30 ECTS credits in linguistics courses during their previous studies.

"Linguistics courses" means courses covering (at least) the main areas of basic linguistic analysis. In other words, applicants should be familiar with the fields of phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, and be able to document that knowledge through listing the courses they have completed in their first degree. Courses in general language-related topics, such as translation, inter-cultural communication, or language-learning courses, are certainly useful, but do not suffice as evidence of training in basic linguistic analysis.

Under exceptional circumstances, the figure of 30 ECTS linguistics courses may be reduced, and the missing credits repeated in additional course work during your studies in Bamberg. If in any doubt about your eligibility, please contact the administration with your inquiry, and if possible supply us with a scan or summary of your previous degree courses.

Applicants must be able to prove they have English language skills equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). For comparing CEFR levels with other frameworks (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL), please refer to the comparison of language exams of HU-Berlin.