Master's Programme Linguistics

Faculty Faculty of Humanities 2
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-F 0232 Literature and Linguistics
Mode of Study
Full-Time
Study Code
C 066 867
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2010W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent
Application


* 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: http://orawww.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

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

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
 scheme
 Definition
 %-age
      
 1  EXCELLENT:
 Outstanding performance
77,6

= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
17,2
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
3,9
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
1,3
 5  INSUFFICIENT:
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     

Source: Academic year 2016/2017


Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded, in accordance with § 73 Para 3 UA, 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).

Requirements

Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:


Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Fundamentals of Linguistics
  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: The Languages of the World and Language Typology
  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Linguistics under diachronic aspects (e.g. VO Foundations of Indoeuropean Studies, VO Language Change and Renconstruction)
  • 2,5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Morphology and Syntax

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

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

Second Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Language Change and Evolution
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Feminist Linguistics
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Language Course
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Additional Language Course
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis > continue fourth semester

Fourth Semester »

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

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Master Programme Linguistics

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.

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Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

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

Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Pisek

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