Master of Arts

Students who have completed their Bachelor’s degree in (General) Linguistics (or related fields) have the opportunity to pursue a post-graduate M.A. program in Linguistics at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Leipzig. For students without a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, the examination board will evaluate whether the candidate fulfills the subject-specific admission requirements, i.e., demonstrates sufficient knowledge of linguistic concepts and methods.

Students can begin their studies each semester: in the winter semester, which starts in October, or in the summer semester, which starts in April. The M.A. program spans 4 semesters in total and culminates with a "Master of Arts" degree in Linguistics. This degree then also qualifies the student to begin a doctoral/PhD program in Linguistics.

What we offer:

  • Focus on phonology, morphology and syntax of the world’s languages
  • Synthesis of grammatical theory and linguistic typology
  • Courses on fieldwork, computational and experimental methods
  • Theoretical approaches from different frameworks and perspectives
  • Integration of students into ongoing, externally funded research projects
  • Guest lectures by renowed international scholars
  • Individual supervision (including mentoring towards early publications)
  • Funded positions as research/teaching assistants
  • Internationally visible and highly active research environment
  • Optimal preparation for admission into the IGRA graduate programme

Questions and answers concerning our MA program

Structure of the program

The Master program in Linguistics is a two year program that builds on the Bachelor program in Linguistics and is strongly research-oriented. In particular, it seeks to build knowledge and research in the following three areas:

  • Grammatical theory (phonology, morphology, and syntax)
  • Language typology
  • Computational/experimental approaches to grammar

The MA program has the following structure:

  • The MA courses are taught in English; applicants have to demonstrate knowledge of English at the B2 level.
  • There are three categories of modules: foundational modules, advanced modules and special modules.
  • The M.A. thesis encompasses a workload of 30 credit points.
  • The overall module workload encompasses 90 credit points. A maximum of 20 credit points can be taken as special modules (this will usually be two modules). Students can enroll for modules offered by other departments (as special modules). They have to get the approval by the examination board (application form).
  • Applicants have to pass the evaluation of the fulfilment of the subject-specific admission requirements (see below).

The following modules are offered; most modules are taught at regular intervals of 4 semesters.

  • Foundational Module: Phonology, Morphology, Syntax (each winter semester)
  • Foundational Module: Semantics
  • Foundational Module: Empirical Methods
  • Advanced Module: Morphology
  • Advanced Module: Segmental Phonology
  • Advanced Module: Suprasegmental Phonology
  • Advanced Module: Local Syntax
  • Advanced Module: Non-local Syntax
  • Advanced Module: Linguistic Typology
  • Advanced Module: Computational Perspectives on Grammar
  • Advanced Module: Grammatical Perspectives on Cognition
  • Special Module: Language in Focus (offered according to teaching availability)
  • Special Module: Research Internship (each semester)
  • Special Module: Imported module (from other study programs of the University of Leipzig)

All modules can be combined freely. We will offer 3-4 modules each semester.

General questions on course curricula are answered in the Studienfachberatung. Finally, the faculty members below can be reached for help with questions in the following general research areas:


All applicants have to apply both to the University and to the Institute of Linguistics. For your application to the University of Leipzig you have to proceed via Almaweb or Uniassist (depending on your status in terms of the applicant groups; see below); in addition, you have to apply to the Institute of Linguistics (for the evaluation of the subject-specific admission requirements). Without the confirmation by the Institute of Linguistics that you fulfill the requirements, you will not be able to begin your studies.

The University of Leipzig distinguishes the following groups of applicants:

  • German applicants with a B.A. degree from Germany: Almaweb;
    Application deadline: 15.9. (winter semester); 15.3. (summer semester)
  • German applicants with a B.A. degree from abroad: Uniassist
    Application deadline: 1.9. (winter semester); 1.3. (summer semester)
  • Foreign applicants with a B.A. degree from Germany: Almaweb
    Application period: 1.5.-31.5. (winter semester), 1.12.-31.12. (summer semester)
  • Foreign applicants with a B.A. degree from abroad: Uniassist
    Application period: 1.4.-31.5. (winter semester), 1.11.-31.12. (summer semester)

For the parallel application to the Institute of Linguistics you have to pay attention to the following:

Application deadline: June 1st (winter semester) or January 1st (summer semester).

Please send the following documents with your application to the Institute of Linguistics:

  • Letter of motivation where you describe why you would like to study in our MA program
  • Certified copy of the B.A. degree
  • Transcript of Records/Diploma Supplement
  • Fill out the following form and submit it as well: English version

Institut für Linguistik
Prüfungsausschuss - MA Linguistik
Hauspostfach: 143501
Universität Leipzig
04081 Leipzig

Alternatively, you may submit your application electronically (as pdf document!). Please send your application to our institute account with the header "Bewerbung MA Linguistik".

last modified: 15.07.2020

Program advisor

Ph.D. Michael Frazier
Universität Leipzig
Beethovenstr. 15
(Haus 1, 5. Etage)
D-04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37626