Sociolinguistics, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English, French, German, Spanish, Italian (take IELTS)
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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.


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.

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
    • Italian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Individual academic requirements

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


Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university in one of the following branches of studies: *

  • English Languages and Literatures
  • German Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Ibero-Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Slavonic Languages and Literatures
  • Linguistics
b)Bachelor's degree with a minor (60 ECTS credits) in one of the branches of studies listed under a) * c)Bachelor's degree with a minor (30 ECTS credits) in one of the branches of studies listed under a) *d)Bachelor's degree from a foreign university *e)Bachelor's degree from a university in a different branch of studies, provided that the master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum 60 ECTS credits. **Additional attainments of up to 60 ECTS credits may be required. These can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Please consult the admission requirements for the minor as presented in the plan of studies.

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

Application and admission

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

For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office (ZIB).

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 770 International
  • EUR 770 EU/EEA
Tuition fee, semester fee and Student Union membership: CHF 805.-/per semester


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