The Department of Linguistics offers the following master's degree programmes: 

  • Master's Degree in Linguistics
  • Master's Degree in Multilingualism
  • Master's Degree in English Language and Linguistics
  • Master's Degree in German / Germanic Linguistics
  • Master's Degree in Romance Languages and Linguistics
  • Master's Degree in Slavic Languages and Linguistics
  • Master's Degree in Speech and Language Processing

From Winter Semester 2017/18 onwards

1. Application

Admission requirements:

A qualifying diploma (three years minimum, Bachelor of Arts or equivalent from a public or publicly recognized institution, with a final grade equivalent to the German 2.5) is a requirement for the master's programmes offered by the Department of Linguistics. In certain exceptional cases, an admission may be made without a finished bachelor's degree in linguistics.

Application deadlines: 

Admission to the master's programmes is possible in both Winter and Summer Semesters. The application deadline for the Winter Semester is 15 June, and for the Summer Semester, 15 January. The completed application as well as all necessary documents must be received by the University of the Konstanz by the above stated deadline. More information can be found on University of Konstanz page Application for master-level studies.

Admission without Bachelor's Degree:

If the applicant is not able to furnish a diploma by the time of the application, s/he must provide evidence for the probable fulfillment of the admissions requirements based on the coursework completed by the time of the application. The final Bachelor's Degree must be completed at the latest two months after the beginning of the first semester. Admission and enrollment can be permitted on the condition that the necessary qualifications are fulfilled and provided in the time allotted.  

German language skills for foreign applications:

Foreign applicants must have a German level of DSH-2 or TestDaF 4 certificates. German language skills)

Please note that applicants who obtained their bachelor degree from a non-German speaking university should be able to demonstrate that they have good knowledge of German. Their German language skills need to be confirmed in the form of a DSH certificate (DSH is the German language examination for university admission) or an equivalent certificate, cf. This certificate needs to be provided together with the application forms at the time of application.

English language skills:

Applicants are also expected to have good knowledge of English (minimum level B2 in the 
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

2. Study and Examination Regulations

Please refer to the Master's examination  as well as the general examination regulations for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in humanities and programme-specific regulations.

For Related Disciplines, cf. "Fachfremde Veranstaltungen für mein Studium"  .

3. Module handbooks

Information as to the structure and content of the master's programmes can be found in the module handbooks.

From Winter Semester 2017/18 onwards

4. Student Information Service (StudIS)

All students must register for examinations and course credit through StudIS. Enrollment times for the Humanities Section are as follows:

  • Winter Semester: from 1 December until 15 January.
  • Summer Semester: from 1 May until 15 June.

Other departments may have different enrollment dates. 

Information regarding TAN-lists (required in order to officially enroll for an examination) can be found on the SB-Terminal.

6. Master's examination

Enrollment:

Semester of examinationEnrollment dates for the Master's thesis, final examination** and/or oral examinationMaster's examination scheduleEnrollment forms*
Winter Semester1 - 15 July 

Begin Master's Thesis: end of  October

Final Exam**: beginning of March

Mr. Nuber (C 402)
Summer Semester1 - 15 February

Begin Master's Thesis: Ende April

Final Exam**: beginning of September

Mr. Nuber (C 402)

  *Forms should be picked up a few weeks before the beginning of the enrollment period.

** If required in the examination regulations.

Authorized Test Proctors: All professors in the Department of Linguistics (María Biezma, Bettina Braun, Miriam Butt, Nicole Dehé, Regine Eckardt, Carsten Eulitz, Georg Kaiser, Tanja Kupisch, Maribel Romero, George Walkden), substitute Professors, private Professors and lecturers as well as Eva Csipak (MA Sprachwissenschaft mit germanistischem Schwerpunkt), Muna Schönhuber (MA Sprachwissenschaft mit anglistischem Schwerpunkt), Eva Smolka (MA Speech and Language Processing), Christiane Ulbrich (MA Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Sprachwissenschaft mit anglistischem Schwerpunkt, Sprachwissenschaft mit germanistischem Schwerpunkt sowie Speech and Language Processing) and Michael Zimmermann (MA Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, MA Speech and Language Processing, MA Sprachwissenschaft mit romanistischem Schwerpunkt) are authorized to administer examinations.

7. Acceptance as doctoral candidate

It is not possible to enroll as a doctoral candidate until a Master's Degree has been attained. Therefore, please submit applications for doctoral candidate positions only then (an official copy of the Master's Degree is required). You can still enroll for the current semester retroactively if you apply in the middle of the semester. For further information on doctorate programmes, please use the Doctoral researcher portal of the University of Konstanz.

8. Advising

Please note that applicants who obtained their bachelor degree from a non-German speaking university should be able to demonstrate that they have good knowledge of German. Their German language skills need to be confirmed in the form of a DSH certificate (DSH is the German language examination for university admission) or an equivalent certificate, cf. German language skills. This certificate needs to be provided together with the application forms at the time of application.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have very good knowledge of English, at least B2 level.

Master's ProgrammeContact PersonE-Mail
General LinguisticsProf. Maribel Romeromaribel.romero@uni-konstanz.de
Linguistics with emphasis on English LinguisticsProf. George Walkdengeorge.walkden@uni-konstanz.de
Linguistics with emphasis on Germanic LinguisticsProf. Regine Eckardtregine.eckardt@uni-konstanz.de 
Linguistics with emphasis on Romance Linguistics Prof. Georg Kaisergeorg.kaiser@uni-konstanz.de
MultilingualismAnnika Lloyd-Smith/Marieke Einfeldtma.multilingualism@uni-konstanz.de
Slavic LinguisticsN.N.
Speech and Language ProcessingProf. Miriam Buttmiriam.butt@uni-konstanz.de

Our Department Advisor Dr. Carmen Kelling can advise you for all important questions about our study programmes.

On the Erasmus-Homepage from the Department of Linguistics you can find information all about studying abroad in Europe. Personal advising is available from our Erasmus-Coordinator Melanie Hochstätter.