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Master (1 Subject)

Empirical Multilingualism Research


Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language Bilingual, German and English
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further information Homepage (German only)
Module Manual (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

How can people acquire several languages at the same time or one after the other? What does multilingualism mean for an individual’s identity? And what is the impact of multilingualism on society and education policy? These are some of the questions tackled in the Master’s program in Empirical Multilingualism Research. It is run jointly by TU Dortmund University and Ruhr-Universität Bochum and deals with the various aspects of multilingualism – currently a hot topic in society. The program combines linguistics, language and philology and has a strong focus on empirical linguistics research.

From the start of the program onwards, students are introduced systematically to research methods and encouraged to develop and explore questions independently. Apart from the teaching of empirical and experimental methods, a further priority is the commensurate presentation of scientific results.

The program primarily targets graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in philology or a closely related discipline with a deeper interest in linguistic multilingualism research.

Knowledge and skills

For admission to the program, applicants must produce proof of linguistic skills on the scale of 15 ECTS credits, as verified by their Bachelor’s certificate. Successful applicants will also be able to furnish proof of the following language proficiency: German language skills sufficient for higher education entrance, English to Level B2 and a further foreign language to Level B1.

EMR students should have an interest in linguistic questions and independent empirical research.

Professional fields

The program prepares students for doctoral studies and an academic career in multilingualism research or philology.  Graduates are also qualified in the best possible way for professional activities that require a high level of expertise in the theories and methods of linguistics and in multilingualism research, for example in test institutes, foundations, clinical or research institutions or in project management, but also outside academia. Employment possibilities are also found in integration agencies and organizations concerned with fostering language and multilingualism.

Further information

The M.A. in Empirical Multilingualism Research is a cross-university program run jointly by TU Dortmund University and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. As a consequence, it bundles the expertise of both universities. Apart from its strong focus on empirical linguistics research, the program is also characterized by the fact that it encompasses all languages and areas of philology.

Students complete a compulsory, research-related internship in the third semester. This internship represents an opportunity for students to explore potential professional fields and can be completed either full-time or part-time at an institution of their choice in Germany or abroad.

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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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