LANGUAGE SCIENCES / ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCIENCES MA
|Course Duration / ECTS||4 semesters / 120 ECTS|
|University degree||Master of Arts (MA)|
|Faculty||Faculty of Cultural and Social Science|
|Department||Interdisciplinary course; associated departments:|
English and American Studies, German Studies,
Linguistics, Romance Studies, Slavonic Studies
|Study ID||D 066 597|
|Admission Requirements||In order to be admitted to the Master’s course in|
English Language Studies, students must hold a
Bachelor’s degree in a related field from another
accredited inland or international institution of higher
education, and have a very good command of the
English language (C1).
|Language of instruction German||Proof of language proficiency|
What will I learn?
The MA course in Language Studies invites students to consider language as a social, acquired, and historically grown phenomenon, whose complex structures and diverse communicative functions will be deciphered by using interdisciplinary theories and methods. In a basic interdisciplinary module and in their field of specialization (English and American Studies, German Studies, Linguistics (General Linguistics and Diachronic Linguistics), Romance Studies or Slavonic Studies) students will learn to reflect critically and to apply methods for the collection and analysis of data. The dialogue between the linguistic disciplines allows students not only to develop a deeper knowledge of the fields and methods, but also to practice solution-focused action both in team work and autonomously.
Which career opportunities do I have?
The MA course in Language Studies prepares students for careers in public and private educational institutions, in the fields of media and culture work, and in academic research and teaching. Occupations for graduates include publishing work, PR, online and print media, the advertising industry, research and teaching at universities and other institutions, translation, medition and tourism, international organisations, library and archiving work.
The MA course in Language Studies at the department of English and American Studies is distinguished by its outstanding student-to-staff ratio and offers excellent teaching (awarded with the Excellence in Teaching Award of the University of Salzburg) in the fields of linguistics and language acquisition. Many of the department’s lecturers are native speakers of English from the United States and Great Britain. We greatly emphasize the importance of combining current research with teaching and strive for practical relevance, especially in linguistic seminars and lectures dealing with print and online media, advertisements and journalism, but also with socio- and psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. Moreover, there are plenty of possibilities for students to study abroad, many offers promoting young talents already during their studies (scholarships and prizes) and a dedicated students’ union. The MA degree in Language Studies connects directly to our BA and BEd courses and offers the possibility for a deeper, interdisciplinary study also in the fields of German, Romance and Slavonic Studies and Linguistics.
How is the course structured?
|Interdisciplinary Basic Module||16 ECTS|
|Master Module||8 ECTS|
|Language C2+||10 ECTS|
|Language Acquisition||10 ECTS|
|Compulsory optional modules from Cultural Studies||6 ECTS|
|Optional subjects||12 ECTS|
|Master’s thesis||24 ECTS|
|MA exam||6 ECTS|