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Master (1 Subject)

Applied Linguistics


Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language Bilingual, German and English
Standard program duration 3 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further in­for­mation Homepage
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)

Short profile

The M.A. in Applied Linguistics is a re­search-based, bilingual program which qualifies students for professional activities that require deeper knowledge in this field. It goes beyond the train­ing undertaken within the Bachelor’s degree and teaches the ability for scientific work. This opens up further professional opportunities in higher education and scientific re­search. It is equally possible for students, having completed the Master’s program, to commence doctoral studies. Suitably qualified candidates who have already started their careers may also study for a Master’s degree.

In contrast to the Bachelor’s program, the syllabus concentrates entirely on Applied Linguistics as the core subject, i.e., on linguistics courses in German lan­guage and literature and English/American studies. Interdisciplinary work is, however, highly desirable.

Students acquire theoretical and practical skills in the areas of lan­guage analysis and lan­guage teaching as well as in applied fields of linguistics (e.g., lan­guage in in­sti­tu­ti­ons, sociolinguistics and lan­guage acquisition). They are encouraged during the course of the Master’s program to participate to an increasing degree in the Faculty’s re­search projects. Students are given thorough train­ing in writing and presentation skills and the handling of various types of text. The Master’s thesis centers on the theory-based study of a linguistics topic and is frequently related to professional practice.

Knowledge and skills

Excellent proficiency in the English lan­guage is required, along with a Bachelor’s degree with a focus on German and English/American linguistics and at least one minor subject. An interest in proj­ect-based work is desirable.

For all applicants the following applies: Prerequisite for the Master’s program in Applied Linguistics is a Bachelor’s degree with a final cumulative grade of at least 2.5. Prospective students who have not completed the Bachelor’s program in Applied Literary and Cultural Studies or in Applied Linguistics at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity must have studied the core subjects, i.e., German lan­guage and literature and English/American studies, on a scale of at least 30 weekly hours per semester and a minor subject on a scale of at least 20 weekly hours per semester. In addition, applicants must have completed a full-time internship lasting at least four weeks (at a lan­guage-centric or cultural institution or in media) and a semester abroad at a uni­ver­si­ty where the lan­guage of instruction is English. In some circumstances, enrollment subject to certain conditions may be possible.

Professional fields

The following are some of the professional fields open to graduates:

  • Public/media com­mu­ni­cation
  • Cultural and public relations work in industrial and technical fields
  • Editorial work in/de­sign of new media
  • Project management and administration in the public sector
  • Empiricism and data analysis in the private, academic, cultural and media sectors

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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