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Linguistics – Language, Communication, Cognition

Master of Arts (M.A.)

In the M.A. programme Linguistics – Language, Communication and Cognition, you can choose one of six specialisations (English Language and Linguistics, General Linguistics and Linguistic Diversity, German Linguistics, Romance Linguistics, Slavic Linguistics, and Language and Cognition). Our flexible programme structure allows you to organise your individual curriculum to be as specialised or as broad as you would like. The programme offers great opportunities to study abroad and gain first-hand experience in several linguistic fields of your choice.

To successfully study Linguistics – Language, Communication and Cognition you should:
  • Be interested in language and linguistics, communication and/or cognition
  • Have an interest in research on language and language use,
  • Enjoy investigating different linguistic phenomena independently,
  • Depending on your chosen field of specialization: the adequate language skills of English and/or German,
  • Depending on your chosen field of specialization: the adequate language skills of your target language(s).
Language of instruction:

German and/or English as well as, if applicable, Romance or Slavic languages

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

with special prerequisites for admission
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

with special prerequisites for admission according to admission regulations

Please note: University admission requirements may change up to the start of the application period.

Application period: First semester: Non-EU-Citizens: 1 March - 15 July, EU-Citizens: 1 March - 15 September
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: 1 March - 30 September, Summer Semester: 15 December - 31 March
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Please check out the programme website before you apply.
Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Philology

  • Quantitative and qualitative empirical research methods
  • Overview of modern linguistic research
  • Visits of conferences, workshops, and internship opportunities
  • Structure, variation and change, language contact
  • Multilingualism
  • Discourse and communication
  • Typology and cross-linguistic diversity, endangered languages
  • Language in Interaction and conversation analysis
  • Psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, gender linguistics, language and cognition, language and behaviour

The M.A. programme qualifies students for academic careers and further qualifications in linguistics and cognitive sciences as well as in related disciplines such as philologies, communication and media sciences. It also qualifies students for non-university occupational fields that focus on language, cognition, communication and media. This includes, for example, areas of Natural Language Processing (e.g. search engine optimisation, development of speech recognition software, etc.), in media and publishing as well as journalism. In addition, jobs in public relations, science management, science foundations, international funding and development organisations or in the cultural sector are typical career goals for linguists. The intensive study of language and communication in their social and cultural context as well as the acquisition of competences in the area of data processing, organisation and presentation prepare students in many ways for these and other professional fields.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Dr.  Laura  Becker
Sprachwissenschaftliches Seminar
Belfortstr. 18
79098 Freiburg

dienstags, 12 - 14 Uhr

Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Achtung: In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit gelten gesonderte Sprechstunden, bitte informieren Sie sich rechtzeitig vor einem Besuch.