IECL | International Masters / Doctoral Program Experimental and Clinical Linguistics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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The International Masters / Doctoral Program Experimental and Clinical Linguistics (IECL) at the University of Potsdam offers innovative training that combines linguistic knowledge with interdisciplinary experimental research in an international setting. It involves a masters and a doctoral program, allowing for a direct transition from a masters degree to doctoral studies.


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 masters degree, you can directly enter the PhD program and follow your individual research projects.
The teachers and labs that contribute to the IECL are affiliated to the Research Focus Cognitive Sciences offering a unique research infrastructure with laboratories equipped to study language comprehension and production across different populations and across the whole life span.

Programme Structure

Structure of the Masters Program:

During the four semesters of the masters program you will earn a total of 120 credit points (CP).


Introductory Modules (mandatory)

  • Foundations of Scholarly Work
  • Introduction to Statistical Data Analysis

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)

  • Academic Writing
  • Individual Research Module

Masters Thesis

Structure of the Doctoral Program:

During the six semesters of the doctoral program you will earn a total of 180 credit points (CP).


  • colloquium attendance and presentation of scientific data
  • Professional Skills(taking over responsibilities in scientific research management, in the acquisition of research financing or by teaching and tutoring under supervision)
  • Doctoral Project / Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: The application period starts on April 1 and ends officially on September 1 in the year of enrolment. We highly recommend to apply earlier (July 1), to have sufficient time to prepare your stay and visa regulations before the start of the term.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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).

Academic Requirements

Requirements for Admission to the Masters Program:

Holders of a first academic degree, for example a bachelors 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 masters 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 masters program or a comparable masters program can apply for admission to the doctoral program.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 480 International
  • EUR 480 EU/EEA

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.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.