Sociolinguistics, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, French, German, Spanish, Italian (book IELTS)
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    Application deadline: April 30, August 31, December 15, January 31

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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.


Academic Requirements

Individual academic requirements

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

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

  • International Applies to you

    1540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 770 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 770 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Tuition fee, semester fee and Student Union membership: CHF 805.-/per semester

Living costs for Bern

  • 1500 - 2200 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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