M.A. Sociolinguistics

University of Bern | Berne , Switzerland
The unique master's program in Sociolinguistics in the German-speaking region offered at the University of Bern is a two-year program devoted to various aspects of the relationship between language and society and their reciprocal influence.

Description

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The study program is characterized by considering a variety of aspects of Sociolinguistics itself and the interdisciplinary involvement of other fields that are relevant for understanding language use in a social context.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline April 30; August 31
Tuition fee
  • EUR 770 Semester (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 770 Semester (EEA)
Tuition fee, semester fee and Student Union membership: CHF 805.-/per semester
Start date , January 2017
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Details of program

Special qualification subjects include the following:

  • Language and Power
  • Language and Gender
  • Language and Social Inequality
  • Characteristics, Function and Status of Varieties
  • Language Standards and Evaluation
  • Language Planning and Language Policy
  • Psycholinguistic Aspects of Variation
  • European Languages
  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • Language Contact and Language Change

Combination possibilities

The master's degree program in Sociolinguistics can be completed as a single-subject (mono) master with 120 ECTS credits, or as a major (90 ECTS credits) and a minor (30 ECTS credits).

Any minor taught in a sufficient scope at the University of Bern can be chosen as a major. However, students are not permitted to have a major and minor in the same branch of study.

Requirements

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master's program in Sociolinguistics (mono or major):

a)Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university in one of the following branches of study: *
  • English Languages and Literatures
  • German Studies
  • French Linguistics and Literature
  • Italian Linguistics and Literature
  • Spanish Linguistics and Literature
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Linguistics
b)Completion of a bachelor's minor (60 ECTS credits) in one of the branches of study* listed under a) c)Completion of a bachelor's minor (30 ECTS credits) in one of the branches of study* listed under a)d)Bachelor's degree awarded by a foreign higher education institution*e)Bachelor's degree from a university in a different branch of study, provided additional coursework worth a maximum of 60 ECTS credits is completed as one of the requirements for successfully completing the master's program.
All admission requirements which must be completed prior to the program of study must be satisfied before a student can be admitted to the master's program. Admission requirements which can be completed during the program of study must be satisfied before the master's degree program is completed. *Additional coursework in the form of admission requirements which must be completed prior to the program of study or admission requirements which can be completed during the program of study worth up to 60 ECTS credits may be required.
Admission requirements which must be completed prior to the program of study must be satisfied prior to admission to the master's degree program.
Admission requirements which can be completed during the program of study must be satisfied before the master's degree program is completed.

The bachelor's degree may not be more than ten years old. Exceptions are possible where reasons are justified.

Please consult the academic requirements for the minor as presented in the study plan.

Application and admission

Applicants with Swiss qualifications and applicants with international qualifications are subject to different admission requirements.

http://www.unibe.ch/content/studies/degree_programs/master_s_degree_programs/application/index_eng.html

For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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