International Master's Programme, 2 years

Master of Philosophy in English Linguistics and Language Acquisition

Learning outcome

This programme provides the basis for a career in public and private sector organisations where there is a demand for a high level of competence in the fields of English language and linguistics, language acquisition, or language and cognition, for example, expertise in how humans comprehend and use language in speech and writing.

The programme also provides the basis for further postgraduate education / doctoral research with a specialisation in language acquisition, language processing and/or English linguistics; or any career where analysis, development, text production and communication play an essential role.


The candidates

  • are familiar with theoretical concepts and frameworks, and methods involved in the study of language acquisition, language and cognition, language processing and English linguistics,
  • are acquainted with central questions and past and current debates in the subject area, and can compare, contrast and evaluate different approaches,
  • have acquired in-depth specialist knowledge from the writing of their master's thesis on a self-chosen topic within the fields of language acquisition, language processing, language and cognition and/or English language and linguistics.


The candidates

  • are able, using English, to apply an array of precise theoretical linguistic concepts in approaching and analysing a variety of different questions,
  • are able to communicate in English, both orally and in writing, in formal and academic contexts using forms appropriate to the subject area,
  • are able to identify relevant topics and questions within the subject area,
  • know how to identify and locate source materials within the subject area, and are able to make critical use of these.

General competence

The candidates

  • are able to formulate productive research questions and to assess the suitability and validity of different methodologies,
  • are able to plan and carry out a research project of substantial scope under supervision,
  • are able to make use of a range of research tools in a research investigation,
  • know how to apply ethical standards in research, for example standards concerning the use and citation of sources and the handling of data that has been collected,
  • are able to work with, to create an overview of, and to identify the main points in, large amounts of text,
  • are able to create and organise an extensive written document in accordance with specific guidelines and requirements.