English Language and Linguistics (Master)

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The master’s programme in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Vienna aims at providing students with advanced knowledge of and research competences in English linguistics, in particular in one of the alternative specialisations Historical Linguistics, Functional and Cognitive Linguistics or Applied Linguistics. Therefore, the master’s programme strives to equip students with the necessary competences to develop and implement questions, concepts and methods for research projects, and adequately present them in English. Since English is the language of instruction in this master’s programme, students learn to deal with complex issues in English.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 812

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

NO entrance examination


For more information see the departement's website

Study Programme

The programme consists of the compulsory modules Foundations, Language, Electives, Specialisation (possible specialisations are Historical Linguistics, Functional and Cognitive Linguistics or Applied Linguistics), Extension and Research Support. To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Module overview

Five Concepts

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

  • Historical linguistics
  • Applied linguistics
  • Functional linguistics
  • Structural analysis
  • Research methods

 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 English Language and Linguistics are qualified to independently develop and work on research questions. They gain detailed insight into the complexity of the English language and its characteristics and are well-qualified in the following three main subject areas: linguistics, research competence and language proficiency. Depending on their additional qualifications and the current situation on the labour market, graduates of the bachelor’s programme are qualified to work in the educational, cultural, media or communication sector.

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