Master English Language & Linguistics

  • ECTS: 120 (84 ECTS courses + 36 ECTS master's thesis and defence)
  • Minimum duration: 4 semesters
  • Average duration: 6 semesters
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Language requirements: English C1+ (cf. Admission requirements)
  • Specialisations: Historical linguistics, Functional & cognitive linguistics, Applied linguistics
  • Compulsory courses: 12-16 (depending on M03 Electives / M05 Extension); almost exclusively courses with continuous assessment

General information

Our MA in English Language and Linguistics is an engaging two-year programme, combining a variety of approaches to the study of English. You will analyze and investigate forms and functions of English from different theoretical perspectives, and be able to develop your own special interests in research projects leading up to your master thesis.

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  • Why should you do an MA in English linguistics?
    • General
      • The study of English has recurrently been at the forefront of linguistic theorizing and conceptualization.
      • Researchers in English linguistics profit from vast collections of data.
      • English linguistics is an inherently interdisciplinary subject, which draws on concepts and knowledge from various other fields.
      • The study of the English language lends itself to a combination with cultural studies, gender studies, philosophy, pedagogy, psychology, cognitive biology, cognitive science, and countless other disciplines.

    • Acquisition of transferable skills
      • Theory-driven analytical and critical thinking
      • Ability to present and argue viewpoints and debate complex concepts and theories  
      • Familiarity with a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools for data analysis (statistics, experiments, corpus linguistics, interviews, spoken data collection)
      • Planning, execution, analysis and documentation of research projects independently and in teams
      • High competence in text design and reader-oriented communication
  • Why should you do an MA at the University of Vienna?
    • Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of University of Vienna ranked 30 in Arts & Humanities world-wide (Times Higher Education ranking 2019)
    • Internationally renowned staff with wide range of expertise in English linguistics
      • a range of supervisors for MA theses in different areas of English linguistics 
      • wide range of thematic and research-focused courses
      • mix of structured courses (specified in curriculum) and independent research for MA thesis 
    • Entire degree (all courses) taught in English
    • High student satisfaction
    • Success stories: graduates from our MA program have accepted international PhD positions or published research carried out in their MA projects in international journals
    • Student conferences and student societies organized by the English & American Studies student representatives
    • Low student fees for national, European and international students
    • Studying in Vienna, the heart of Europe and a city with vibrant student and cultural life