Structure and content

Degree programme curriculum

Modular structure

The master's programme in General Linguistics consists in a range of modules each of which has - at least in most cases - two component parts. Students will complete and gain ECTS credits for each component part.

The program consists of core modules, elective modules, language modules and the preparation of the Master's thesis. A total of 120 ECTS points must be achieved: 40 ECTS points for the core modules, 30 ECTS points for elective modules, 20 ECTS points for the language modules and 30 ECTS points for the preparation of the Master's thesis.

Recommended courses for the elective modules (‚Erweiterungsbereich‘) in the MA General Linguistics

This list (47.0 KB, 3 pages)contains a selection of courses that could be chosen for your elective modules. If you have any questions regarding your choices for electives, or if you would like to choose a course that is not on this list, please contact the student advisors for guidance.


Focus areas of study

Students in the MA program ‘General Linguistics’ can either choose among four regional focus areas or complete a general program without a specific focus:

  • Slavonic Languages
  • Romance Languages
  • Variation and Change in English
  • Languages of the Middle East and the Caucasus

Language courses are an integral part of the MA program. International students may gain credits for the language modules from German courses, acquiring the local language at the same time.


Programme content

Short description

The Bamberg programme in General Linguistics is a focussed on the systemic aspects of language and linguistics, in particular the areas of grammar, language variation and change, linguistic diversity and the methodological foundations of language sciences. The Module handbook for MA programme General Linguistics (in German)provides more detailed information on the structure of the MA programme General Linguistics, its different modules and their specific content.



Description of individual modules

Core modules 40 ECTS points

The following set of core modules are mandatory for all students in the MA programme with any special focus area.

  • Description and analysis of linguistic systems (8 ECTS)
  • Language Variation and Change (8 ECTS)

  • Linguistic diversity (8 ECTS)

  • Linguistic research methods (10 ECTS)

  • Research colloquium (6 ECTS)

The overall focus of this core area of study is to familiarise students with key aspects of empirical linguistics, including language documentation, linguistic typology and areal linguistics.

Elective modules 30 ECTS points

Elective modules can in principle be chosen from any degree programme offered at the University of Bamberg. In practice for which students meet relevant prerequisites, if applicable.

The actual choice of electives will depend on the chosen regional focus (if applicable). An example: a student who has chosen a focus area of "Focus on variation and change in English" will then opt for relevant courses in the English department and will typically also work towards a MA thesis in this area of study.

Language modules 20 ECTS points

The acquisition of foreign languages is a further integral part of the MA programme. For students with a first language other than German can also choose German as a foreign language (DAF) within this module area.

Language courses from the following degree programmes at the University of Bamberg are available for inclusion in this module area:

a) Bachelor and master programmes in "Slavic studies“;
b) Bachelor and master programmes in "Romance studies“
c) Bachelor programme "Islamischer Orient“;
d) Master programme "Islamwissenschaft“;
e) Master programme "Arabic Studies“;
f) Master programme "Iranian Studies“;
g) Master programme "Turkish Studies“.

Master’s Thesis 30 ECTS points

The preparation of the Master's thesis begins at the earliest after the end of the 2nd semester. The processing time for the Master's thesis is six months.