Multilingualism – Master of Arts

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Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree.

The MA Multilingualism offered by the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz (Germany) concentrates on topics in current linguistics research that bear most directly on two areas:

  • multilingualism and the individual. This area covers aspects of bi- and multilingual language acquisition in current theory and research, including bilingual development during early childhood, second-language (L2) acquisition in children and adults, as well as L3 acquisition and heritage language acquisition.
  • aspects of multilingualism in society. This area includes topics such as language contact, language loss, language dominance, language influence and language change in European and non-European languages.

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AbschlussMaster of Arts
StudienbeginnWintersemester & Sommersemester
Regelstudienzeit4 Semester
Bewerbungszeitraum14.5. - 15.6. | 3.12. - 15.1.
Zulassungsbeschränkungnein
ECTS120
⌀ Zahl StudienanfängerInnen:30

Warum Multilingualism in Konstanz studieren?

Given the Department’s orientation and research traditions, the MA programme in multilingualism has a strong theoretical orientation, and it allows students to strengthen their background in theoretical linguistics, especially as applied to current research on multilingualism. It typically includes training in research methods (including data management, visualisation, and statistics) and offers opportunities to conduct experimental research, with access to research labs in Konstanz. Students also have the chance to learn about multilingual teaching and to engage in interdisciplinary work with related disciplines, such as Political Science, Sociology and Psychology.

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Perspektiven

Berufliche Perspektiven

The programme is highly research-oriented and graduates of the MA Multilingualism may continue with a Ph.D. programme in Linguistics or another related discipline. Practical skills acquired in the programme are applicable to professions in:

  • Educational institutions
  • Administrative public institutions
  • International cultural institutions
  • International associations, organisations and global enterprises which operate in a multicultural environment.

Studienstruktur

Studienbeginn

Wintersemester & Sommersemester

Studienaufbau

The MA Multilingualism is designed as a 2-year programme (4 semesters) with a workload of 120 ECTS-points. Semesters 1 and 2 are spent in Konstanz. In semester 3, students choose between a stay abroad, studying multilingualism at a partner institution or an internship with a company or research group relevant to the degree. Semester 4 will be dedicated to thesis work.

Module 1: Linguistic Foundations (Ling 310) (18 cr)
Module 2: Methods (Ling 320) (12 cr)
Module 3: Multilingualism and the Individual (Ling 330) (18 cr)
Module 4: Multilingualism in Society (Ling 340) (12 cr)
Module 5: Study Abroad or Internship (21 cr)
Module 6: Related Disciplines and Language Courses (Additional Courses) (9 cr)
Module 7: Research (9 cr)
Module 8: Master Thesis and Oral Exam (Ling 380) (21 cr)

Please find further information on the study plan.


Weitere Informationen zur Studienstruktur finden Sie in der Studien- und Prüfungsordnung.

Praktika und Auslandsaufenthalt

Praktika

In the third semester, students can choose between a stay abroad, studying multilingualism at one of our partner institutions or undertaking an internship with a company/institution/reserach group relevant to the degree.

Auslandsstudium

In the third semester, students can choose between a stay abroad, studying multilingualism at one of our partner institutions or undertaking an internship with a company/institution/reserach group relevant to the degree.

Voraussetzungen

Welche Interessen und Fähigkeiten sollte ich mitbringen?

Students who are interested in the programme should have acquired knowledge in the core areas of linguistics such as Phonology, Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax Semitics and Pragmatics during the Bachelor's degree course.

Erforderliche Sprachkenntnisse

Documentation of advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Lehr- und Prüfungssprache

The language of instruction will be mainly English. Upon availability, there might also be courses taught in German or other modern languages.

Zugangsvoraussetzungen zum Studium

  1. An above average Bachelor's degree in Linguistics. The grade point average of your Bachelor's degree should at least correspond to the German grade 2.5 (good). Students in the final year of their Bachelor's degree, who have not yet graduated, are welcome to apply.
  2. Evidence of knowledge acquired in the core areas of linguistics such as Phonology, Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax Sematics and Pragmatics during the Bachelor's degree course.
  3. Documentation of advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

A description of the admission requirements is found in the Admission Regulations of the University of Konstanz.

Gebühren und Beiträge

Semesterbeitrag

Pro Studiensemester an der Universität Konstanz ist von allen Studierenden ein Semesterbeitrag zu zahlen, der in ähnlicher Höhe von allen Hochschulen in Deutschland erhoben wird. Hier erfahren Sie, wie hoch der aktuelle Semesterbeitrag ist und aus welchen Kosten er sich zusammensetzt.

Bewerbung und Bewerbungsunterlagen

Admission to the Master's course is restricted. Once you have submitted your online application and handed in all required documents a commission will decide, if you can be admitted to the programme or not.

Eine Bewerbung für den Studiengang ist innerhalb dieser Frist(en) möglich: 14.5. - 15.6. (Wintersemester) und 3.12. - 15.1. (Sommersemester). Bei Bewerbungen auf ein höheres Fachsemester (im Falle eines Fach- oder Hochschulwechsels) gelten gegebenenfalls andere Fristen. Bitte informieren Sie sich darüber auf der Webseite der Universität.

Erforderliche Bewerbungsunterlagen

  1. Application for admission
  2. Documentation of your academic degree including details on course work. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far.
  3. Documentation of advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  4. Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).

Zur Bewerbung

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