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Course Duration / ECTS4 semesters / 120 ECTS
University degree Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
Department Interdisciplinary course; associated departments:
English and American Studies, German Studies,
Linguistics, Romance Studies, Slavonic Studies
ModeFull time
Study ID
D 066 597
Admission Requirements In order to be admitted to the Master’s degree course
in German Language Sciences, students must hold a
Bachelor’s degree in a related field (German Studies
or Linguistics with a specialization in German) from
another accredited inland or international institution
of higher education.
Language of instruction German  Proof of language proficiency

What will I learn?

In the MA degree course in German Language Sciences, students learn to overview the subject areas of German linguistics systematically, and to reflect them according to scientific standards. Furthermore, they will learn to develop these subject areas autonomously and to apply them professionally. Graduates will have a profound knowledge of the structures and changes of the German language, and its varieties against the background of its socio-cultural conditions and developments from its beginnings around 750 to the present day. Moreover, they will become familiar with models of German language acquisition. A special focus lies on the acquisition and use of the German language in a multilingual environment. Graduates will be able to conduct their own empirical analyses under consideration of theory and methodology to examine linguistic structures, variations and/or interaction in the German language.

Which career opportunities do I have?

Written and spoken language is both subject matter and instrument in many occupations. Outstanding language competences and the ability to use language in a reflected and creative way is a precondition for many careers: the media sector and publishing, journalism, and the advertising industry. In combination with an additional education, graduates are also qualified to teach at home and foreign universities, to mediate language and culture, and to conduct research on the German language.

Why Salzburg?

The interdisciplinary MA degree course is coined by a close networking of the individual linguistic departments at the University of Salzburg. The Department of German Studies offers the possibility for students to specialize in the field of DaF/DaZ (German as a Foreign Language/German as a Second Language), which, in combination with your profound linguistic education, allows you to gain the required competences to teach language in various situations.

How is the course structured?

German Language Sciences MA
Interdisciplinary modules24 ECTS
Specialization module German Studies54 ECTS
Optional subjects12 ECTS
Maste’s thesis24 ECTS
Master’s examination6 ECTS
Total120 ECTS


Rebecca Herda, MA

Rebecca Herda, MA
Department of Slavonic Studies

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