Empirische Sprachwissenschaft (Master of Arts)
(Empirical Linguistics)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas  The focus of the Master’s degree in Empirical Linguistics is on the in-depth expertise and methods that are necessary to explore and analyse natural human languages with empirical procedures. It covers both modern and ancient human languages and aims to describe aspects that are specific to these languages as well as general aspects of language and speech, to classify these aspects on the basis of typology and historical genetics and to explain them. Research into these languages covers their usage as “spoken languages” in everyday communication processes on the one hand, but on the other all written forms of natural languages used, thereby taking into account and focusing particularly on the literary traditions linked to these languages, their socio-historical conditions of use or other phenomena linked to their usage.
Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations

Degree Master of Arts Empirical Linguistics
Duration The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters.
Language of instruction German  
The start of the programme The study program can be started in the winter semester.
Student advisory service Maria Kofer M.A.
Senckenberganlage 31 (Juridicum)
9. Obergeschoss, Raum 913
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Telefon: +49 (0)69 798-22877
Telefax: +49 (0)69 798-22873

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • successful completion of the B.A. in Empirical Linguistics with the relevant focus, or a comparable Bachelor’s programme. Admission and the comparability of degrees is decided upon by the Department 9 examination committee.
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible if at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree have been completed and the Bachelor's dissertation has been finalised or is about to be submitted. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) the latest.

Mode of admission Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate (incl. final Transcript of Records)
  • if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    - a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
    - proof of current enrollment in the Bachelor's programme
  • if the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution:
    certificate of German language skills. See here for more information about the required German language skills.
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and China (original)
Application period 01. June- 31. July for the winter semester
Address for applications Applications via the department

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