English Language and Linguistics (Master)

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© Universität Wien / Department of English and American Studies

The master’s programme in English Language and Linguistics 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

Facts & Figures

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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)

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:

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

... and many more.

 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 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 asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.0 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 4.1 (high)

→ These results are based on feedback from 9 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in English Studies graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 66% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,371 gross/month.
  • 11% of the graduates work in each of the education sector and the scientific research and development (non-university) sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "MA English and American Studies".