The International M.Sc./Ph.D. Program for Experimental and Clinical Linguistics (IECL) at the University of Potsdam provides an advanced academic training in research methodology in a flexible format and prepares you for a scientific career in the areas of psycho- and neurolinguistics. The IECL has a specific focus on the neuro-cognitive mechanisms underlying language processing, language acquisition, their disorders, and their rehabilitation.
You can develop your own area of interest within a research framework of first language acquisition, speech and language processing, evidence based practice in speech and language disorders, and multilingual language acquisition and processing. The language of instruction is English.After having obtained a qualified master’s degree, you can directly enter the PhD program and follow your individual research projects.
Structure of the Master’s Program:
During the four semesters of the master’s program you will earn a total of 120 credit points (CP).
Introductory Modules (mandatory)
Foundation Modules (electives) - successful completion of 2 foundation modules
(1) First Language Acquisition
(2) Language Processing
(3) Evidence Bases for Language Disorders
(4) Language Acquisition and Processing in Multilingual Contexts
Advanced Modules (elective) - successful completion of one advanced module
(1) Advanced Topics in First Language Acquisition
(2) Advanced Topics in Language Processing
(3) Advanced Topics in Evidence Bases for Language Disorders
(4) Advanced Topics in Language Acquisition and Processing in Multilingual Contexts
Project Module (mandatory) - Internship
Individual Modules (mandatory)
Structure of the Doctoral Program:
During the six semesters of the doctoral program you will earn a total of 180 credit points (CP).
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
Requirements for Admission to the Master’s Program:
Holders of a first academic degree, for example a bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 180 credit points in a field related to Cognitive Sciences (Linguistics, Psychology), Speech and Language Pathology, or another related field are eligible to apply for the master’s program.
If your first language is not English you must demonstrate an adequate command of the English language (C1 level, Common European Framework of Reference) with an internationally recognized test (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS).
Requirements for Admission to the Doctoral Program:
Graduates of the IECL master’s program or a comparable master’s program can apply for admission to the doctoral program.
There are no tuition fees for the IECL programme despite the adminstration fee of the University of Potsdam, which currently amounts to approx. 240 Euros per semester and includes a semester ticket for the public transport in Potsdam and Berlin.
At the moment there are no scholarships provided by this IECL programme. We will, however, try to assist prospective and current students in grant application for external funding.
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