Applied Linguistics (Master)

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The master’s programme in Applied Linguistics aims at providing an advanced education in a range of socially relevant areas of application for linguistics. Students acquire key competences in the area of empiric text and discourse analysis, enabling them to independently deal with socially relevant issues and produce new results in the areas of language minority research, language policy, research on linguistic prejudice, linguistic organisational research, media communication and research on language teaching and language learning.



Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 899

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of five compulsory modules. Module four has to be selected either from the subject area focusing on discourse analysis and sociolinguistics or from the subject area focusing on language education research and language policy. The modules cover the subject areas of discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, research on language teaching and language learning, language policy, methods of applied linguistics, philosophy of science and history of science. To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Discourse analysis
  • Foreign language didactics
  • Language policy
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Research on language teaching

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates of the master’s programme in Applied Linguistics are qualified to independently conduct academic research and provide counselling in the subject areas stated above.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates