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Master Program Linguistics

Master of Arts in Linguistics

What is the Master in Linguistics?

The Master in Linguistics is a mono-master program with 120 ECTS. The centerpiece is its unique methodological training providing students with up-to-date skills in collecting, processing and analyzing digital linguistic data. The program further combines the study of individual languages with specific thematic areas of linguistics not found in other MA programs. There are nine focus areas to choose from, four language-oriented and five thematic ones. Alternatively, it is also possible to study the program without a dedicated focus area.

Please find more information on our section Studies.

Sample structure for full-time studies:

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Focus Areas

Romance Linguistics, Slavic Linguistics, English Linguistics, Indo-European Studies, Digital Linguistics, Descriptive Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Phonetics and Speech Sciences, Language – Interaction – Society, Linguistics (i.e. no specified focus area)

You can find more detailed information on the focus areas here.

Who should study Linguistics?

This program aims at research-oriented students with a broad interest in different areas of linguistics. The program allows for a specialization in one of the nine focus areas but it also leaves enough space to explore other areas. For maximal flexibility, students can opt for no specific focus area. The prerequisites being only 21 ECTS from the field of linguistics, the program is also accessible for students without a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. The Master of Arts in Linguistics can be studied completely in English (depending on the chosen focus area) and therefore explicitly addresses Swiss and international students.

What methodological skills will I acquire?

Independently of the focus area, all students will learn how to collect linguistic data and how to preprocess and analyze these data statistically (for example to answer basic research questions from a wide range of linguistic areas). All students will furthermore learn how to process textual and speech data for language technological applications and will acquire basic programming skills in Python and R. These skills will be taken up and further developed in the focus areas. You can find more information on the methodological basis here. 

Why should I study Linguistics?

The methodological competences combined with the language-specific and thematic modules are an ideal preparation for a PhD in Linguistics or Computational Linguistics. The skills acquired in the program further prepare for jobs in economy and industry, for instance ‘Digital Linguistics’, which aims at students who are interested in the technical possibilities of (computational) linguistics. Besides, it is also possible to qualify for a teaching diploma (Lehrdiplom) in at least one school language.


•    A minimum of 21 ECTS from the field of linguistics
•    Good knowledge of English (C1), including academic writing skills in English, is highly recommended
Find more information on how to apply here.

Weiterführende Informationen

Timetable First Semester

First Semester

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Master Info Event

Master Info Event

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On March 8th we will have an online presentation about our program. On March 9th, 2023 you have the opportunity meet us at the Master Info Event (on-site) and find out more about our Linguistics program. Please click on the link below for more information.


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