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.
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 (only M.A. Linguistics):
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 TestDAF 4, DSH 2 or an equivalent certificate, cf. German language skills) This certificate needs to be provided together with the application forms at the time of application.
For the area of specialisation English Language and Linguistics no German language skills are required.
English language skills (all programmes):
Applicants are also expected to have good knowledge of English, minimum level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages(CEFR).
Applicants for the area of specialisation English Language and Linguistics have to demonstrate English language skills at level C1 of the CEFR .
For the area of specialisation Romance Language and Linguistics, knowledge of one of the Romance languages studied in depth is required at level C1 of the CEFR.
Russian language skills at level C1 of the CEFR are required for the area of specialisation Slavic Language and Linguistics.
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.
- Master's Degree in Linguistics with the following areas of specialization: General Linguistics, English Language and Linguistics, German / Germanic Linguistics, Romance Language and Linguistics, Slavic Language and Linguistics
- Master's Degree in Multilingualism
- Master's Degree in Speech and Language Processing (new regulations 2019)
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.
5. Internship/Hands-on training
There are two possibilities for the required internship in the Speech and Language Processing programme:
First possibility: At the end of the first year, you can decide which field you would like to study on in your master's thesis. With your adviser, you can develop your own appropriate internship, or apply for an internship which is suitable for you and your project. Contact: Bettina Braun, Miriam Butt, Carsten Eulitz, or Maribel Romero (see Department of Linguistics Faculty and Staff).
Second possibility: You may work on a current research project currently being run by the University of Konstanz.
In both cases a report of your internship must be written, which shall form the basis of the grade for this module.
6. Master's Examination
|Semester of examination||Enrollment dates for the Master's thesis, final examination** and/or oral examination||Master's examination schedule||Enrollment forms*|
|Winter Semester||1 - 15 July|
Begin Master's Thesis: end of October
Final Exam**: beginning of March
|Mr. Bucifal (C 406)|
|Summer Semester||1 - 15 February|
Begin Master's Thesis: Ende April
Final Exam**: beginning of September
|Mr. Bucifal (C 406)|
*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, substitute Professors, private Professors and lecturers as well as
Tina Bögel (Linguistics, Speech and Language Processing)
Eva Csipak (German / Germanic Linguistics),
Annette Hautli-Janisz (Speech and Language Processing)
Eva Smolka (Speech and Language Processing)
Christiane Ulbrich (General Linguistics, English Language and Linguistics, German / Germanic Linguistics, Speech and Language Processing) and
Michael Zimmermann (General Linguistics, MA Speech and Language Processing, Romance Language and Linguistics).
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.
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 Programme||Contact Person|
|General Linguistics||Prof. Maribel Romeroemail@example.com|
|Linguistics with emphasis on English Linguistics||Prof. George Walkdenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Linguistics with emphasis on Germanic Linguistics||Prof. Regine Eckardtemail@example.com|
|Linguistics with emphasis on Romance Linguistics||Prof. Georg Kaiserfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Speech and Language Processing||Dr. Tina Bögelemail@example.com|
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.