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Master's Degree Programme in Linguistic Sciences

Course Description

Master's degree programme in Linguistic Sciences is focused on language as medium of communication in various contexts. Each sub-programme has advantages that are of particular currency in present-day linguistics: technological applications are increasingly important in linguistic research and the translation industry, while globalization and linguistic diversity in societies call for skilled experts in the fields of language policy, education, and communication.

The objectives of the programme include in-depth understanding of the focal issues, theories and methods of the corresponding sub-programme to the extent that after completing their MA the students are able to carry out independent research and are eligible to pursue doctoral studies in their field of specialisation.

Besides academic jobs (research and/or teaching), graduates are envisaged to find career paths, depending on the sub-programme, in language technology firms, large translation agencies, localization and documentation houses, and in the fields of translator training, language planning, and language policy.

The programme consists of three thematic sub-programmes with overlapping basic components followed by field-specific special training. These sub-programmes are: 1) Linguistics and Language Technology, 2) Sociolinguistics: Language Contacts and Language Policy, 3) Translation Studies and Translation Technology. The degree consists of coursework, workshops, book examinations, seminars, and a research thesis.

In 2015, a maximum of 15 students will be selected into the programme, 5 to each sub-programme. The application period is from 7 January to 18 February 2015.

Entry Requirements

1) BA degree in the area of English Language and Literature, English Linguistics, or English Translation; 2) Sufficient English proficiency: IELTS (Academic): 7.0/6.5 in writing, TOEFL PBT: 600/5 in writing, TOEFL iBT: 100/24 in writing, PTE (Academic): 68

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