Please note!

The programme is taught in German. For enrolment and successful studies, you need knowledge of German at least at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for most undergraduate study programmes, and at least level C1 for some undergraduate study programmes. If you have any questions concerning your intended Bachelor study programme, the Student Advisory Service and Subject Advisory Service are available to you.

Please clarify the entry and residence regulations that apply to your nationality in advance with the authorities in charge (e.g. German embassies or consulates).

Master of Arts in German Linguistics


Chair of the Examining Board
and Subject Advisory Service

Professor Stefanie Stricker
Hornthalstraße 2 / Room 00.02 96047 Bamberg
Phone: 0951 / 863-2203

Students in the German Linguistics master’s degree programme gain in depth knowledge about the achievements and influence of the German language in its historical changes, its social contexts and its aesthetic characteristics. 

Students can choose between two specialisations:

  • Systematic and historical linguistics
  • German as a foreign language

The German Linguistics master’s programme offers a wide range of core and optional modules in the fundamental aspects of German linguistics. Its students gain detailed insights into diachronic and synchronic linguistics. They learn about the typical characteristics and specific peculiarities of German, ranging from its Old High German beginnings to its contemporary varieties, and become able to examine and discuss them in a methodical and analytical manner. This deepens their understanding of fields such as linguistic theory, comparative linguistics, language practice and historical linguistics while teaching them essential skills required by all qualified experts of the German language.

Students can freely choose their courses from a wide range of topics based on their individual interests. Alternatively, they may choose from two set pathways, specialising either in systematic and historical linguistics or German as a foreign language.

This structure ensures that the degree course combines high academic standards with a practical orientation and typical career paths in the field of linguistics.

The Degree Programme at a Glance

Programme Abstract 
Final ExaminationMaster's Examination (accompanying the programme)
Academic DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
ECTS points120
Standard Programme Duration4 semesters (extension of up to 2 semesters possible)
Programme Start Winter or summer semester
Type of StudiesFull-time and part-time possible
Admissions and ApplicationApplication required
Language of InstructionGerman
Studies AbroadPossible, but not required


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