I’ ve chosen this master's program because it provides a wide range of courses and we can pursue independent research work in a three-semester project and research module. I am particularly impressed by the program’s interdisciplinary approach: You can choose from a wide variety of courses, for example from the fields of English and American Studies or Psychology. The fact that every student can design their studies individually is also reflected by the many possible career paths: While my fellow students work in marketing or corporate communications, I decided to pursue a scientific career in German Linguistics and am currently completing my doctorate at the University of Mannheim.
I immediately seized the opportunity to top my studies with a master's degree satisfying its exciting name in terms of content. The cooperation between the university and the Institut für Deutsche Sprache is a great opportunity to get to know current linguistic research. Also, our teachers are excellent in their subjects! I quickly felt at home in Mannheim.
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)
ECTS credits: approx. 120
Language of instruction: German and English
Language requirements: German (click here for further information)
English; for further information see Admission requirements and selection
Program start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Humanities
Semester fee: €160.40 (more)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
The master's program in Language and Communication is an interdisciplinary program based on a bachelor’s degree in linguistics. The core of the program is a three-semester project module. In this module, you will develop an individual research project in close cooperation with your supervisor, the implementation of which you will then present and, if appropriate, even publish.
In addition, you will deepen your specialist knowledge in four advanced modules on linguistic methodology, linguistic theories, language acquisition and multilingualism research as well as interaction and text. You can choose the courses according to your interests. It is also possible to focus on specific linguistic areas. For example, the majority of courses can be taken either in English and American Studies, German Studies or Romance Studies.
The master's program in Language and Communication offers students the unique opportunity to independently carry out an individual research project, starting with its conception right through to the presentation of results. Not only do they benefit from the close supervision of university teachers, but they also acquire basic skills that may be decisive for their future jobs when it comes to working on projects.
The Humanities at the University of Mannheim have an excellent reputation in Germany (take a look at the rankings). With 450 partner universities, and students from 100 countries, Mannheim is one of the most international universities in the country, and provides students with an inspiring learning environment that facilitates excellent teaching and research.
The master’s program in Language and Communication ensures that students are ideally prepared, both in terms of content and methodology, to begin an academic career in the field of linguistics.
Thanks to the specialist, methodological and personal skills that our students acquire through their project work, in particular, they also qualify for jobs in non-scientific fields of activity. Our graduates work, for example, in corporate communications, market and opinion research, PR, marketing, consulting, project management and public relations.
A degree in a different field is sufficient if it is recognized as equivalent by the admissions committee. The following requirements must be met:
If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s program by the application deadline, you may still be admitted to the master’s program as long as you provide proof that you have obtained at least 135 ECTS credits. In this case, your admission to the program is subject to receipt of your bachelor’s degree by the exam registration period in the first semester (refer to selection statutes).
The application period is from March 15 to May 31. It is not possible to start your program in the spring semester.
Admission to an advanced semester
If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.
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