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German and English Linguistics

German and English Linguistics
(Master of Arts)

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Course type
postgraduate studies (master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semester
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Primary Language of Instruction
German, English
Special Requirements

An academic degree in English / German or in a subject-related degree programme is required to apply for the master's programme. In addition, language skills must be proven.

Admission
Restricted admission
International

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The Master’s degree programme in German and English Linguistics is based on a cooperation between the German and English departments at Leibniz Universität Hannover. The bilingual concept and implementation of the degree programme is innovative. Courses are held in German and English; students can choose to write their Master’s thesis in either language. In the compulsory elective area, students can opt to focus on one of the two languages, or to study both equally.

During the Master’s degree programme, students explore and learn about the development, structure and use of the German and English languages. The subject matter of the degree programme is the current structure and use of the German and English languages (standard varieties as well as regional and social varieties) taking into account the historical and socio-cultural context as well as linguistic contact. Research methodology knowledge and skills are also taught. In addition to acquiring research-oriented qualifications, students on this degree programme can also gain application-oriented knowledge and skills in fields of practice such as language teaching and media communication.

Areas of Focus

  • Contrastive linguistics
  • Language variation and linguistic change
  • Media communication, language in use and interaction
  • Multilingualism and applied linguistics
  • Research methods in linguistics
  • Research-oriented knowledge and skills in linguistics
Course Content

The subject matter of the degree programme is the current structure, use and significance of the German and English languages (standard varieties as well as regional and social varieties) taking into account the historical and socio-cultural context as well as linguistic contact.

The four-semester degree programme consists of a compulsory area and a compulsory elective area. Depending on their individual area of focus, students can specialise in the German and/or English language after completing the compulsory modules.

Qualification profiles:

1. Research-oriented knowledge and skills in linguistics with a focus on language patterns, functional aspects, cognitive linguistics, uses, the theory of linguistic change and comparative linguistics and

2. Linguistic areas of application in fields of practice related to issues of the theoretical/academic observation of language and its implementation, i.e. with a focus on applied fields of linguistics such as media communication, language acquisition, the theory of teaching and learning languages, learner language and multilingualism.

 

 

1st semester

2nd semester

3rd semester

4th semester

Compulsory area

M1
Grammatical Description

M2
Linguistic Theories

M10
Master's thesis

M3
Research Methods in Linguistics


M4
Professional Skills Development module (12 weeks altogether)



Compulsory elective area


 
M5
Language Variation and Linguistic Change

M6
Contrastive Linguistics


M7
Language in Use and Interaction


M8
Applied Linguistics


M9
Specialisation


Recommended Abilities
  • An interest in linguistic issues
  • An undergraduate languages degree (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree) involving linguistics
  • English language skills, at least B2
  • German language skills, at least C1
Career Opportunities
  • Doctorate and an academic career
  • Adult education
  • Publishing
  • Field of culture
  • Media and public relations
  • Language teaching
  • Cultural and research management
  • Institutions and organisations involved in national and European language and education policy
Admission requirements and application

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

 

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