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Master's Programme Linguistics

Faculty Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0232 Literature and Linguistics
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 867
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2010W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2010W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Fundamentals of Linguistics
  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: The World's Languages and Language Typology
  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Linguistics under diachronic aspects (e.g. VO Foundations of Indoeuropean Studies, VO Historical Linguistics and Reconstruction)
  • 2.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Morphology and Syntax

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module: Argumentation
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module: Language and Grammar Theory
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module: Onomastics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module: Language and Thinking

Second Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module: Language Change and Evolution
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module: Language Acquisition Research
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module: Feminist Linguistics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module: Language Course
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module: Language Course

Third Semester »

30.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Fourth Semester »

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module: Master’s Thesis Defence

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Studienverlauf_MA Sprachwissenschaft_Stand 01.10.2018_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

Beyond the skills acquired during the bachelor's programme, graduates of the Master of Arts programme in Linguistics are enabled to carry out theoretically sound analyses of linguistic facts and to assess theoretical models both from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective.

Subject-specific theoretical skills: By dealing with the cognitive and evolutionary fundamentals of language, its grammatical and logical structure as well as its social embedding, the students are enabled to carry out scientific studies independently.

During the Master's Programme Linguistics, the students' foreign language skills are broadened and consolidated mainly from a diachronic and typological perspective.

The understanding of interaction among language, media and culture is consolidated in the field of Applied Linguistics within courses dedicated to media practice and application of fundamentals of communication.

Key qualifications apart from subject-specific scientific qualifications, such as analytical thought, mental flexibility, good time management, fast and independent familiarisation with new fields of work, social skills and others may be acquired during the study programme at the university or outside.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge in the field of general, applied and historical-comparative linguistics. They are able to apply their competences in language practice, cultural science and media by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Master's Programme Linguistics prepares for careers in teaching and research at the university or a non-university institution. Further occupational fields for graduates can be found in the fields of language consulting and communication training, language and communication technology as well as in the media sector, in the field of language standardization and planning, in public administration or diplomatic service. The acquistion of additional qualifications in the fields mentioned above is to be recommended.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


Within the scope of the Master’s Programme, a Minor corresponding to 30 ECTS-Credits may be passed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
   Mag. Dr. Gerhard Rampl

Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Elisabeth De Felip-Jaud

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