Master in Empirical and Theoretical Linguistics (ETHEL)


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Program Description

Linguistic proficiency is a key factor for smart as well as inclusive growth of the economy within Europe as specified in the Europe 2020 strategy and the Education and Training strategic framework 2020. With this in mind, we have designed an innovative and high-quality MA program in linguistics. The program is unrivaled in its combination of theoretical and empirical linguistics, which will provide students with cutting-edge skills and competencies and enhance their career options in the world of education and training as well as in the world of work. Specifically, the proposed program provides a thorough exposure to theoretical as well as empirical linguistics. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of linguistic theories for all levels of language and will learn how to apply them to analyze new sets of linguistic data. They will also be instructed on how to perform empirical studies to test linguistic hypotheses, both in terms of experiments and corpus studies. Great emphasis will be put on the way in which the two research fields can mutually benefit from each other. Students will not only know linguistic theories for their own sake, but they will also learn how to derive from them empirical research questions that can be validated experimentally. At the same time, empirical approaches to linguistics will always be grounded in theoretical work to suggest potential topics for experiments and for the discussion and interpretation of empirically derived results.

The resulting study program can be summarised as follows. The program consists of courses for a total of 90 ECTS credit points plus a Master's thesis of 30 ECTS credit points. Courses are distributed over the first three (3) semesters, while most of the work on the Master's thesis is completed in the fourth (4th) semester. This results in a 2-year program of 120 ECTS credit points.

The program is highly modular: it consists of core and specialized modules. Core modules aim at establishing a firm and uniform foundation for all students attending the program, independently of their previous background. These modules are compulsory and cover a set of core topics in Linguistics. Specialized modules, on the other hand, may be subject to change. This flexibility is crucial since the program needs to respond successfully and effectively to the fast pace of evolution that characterizes the study of language, and also wants to maintain its ability to react and adapt quickly to changes on the job market for our graduates.

The resulting program is both student-centered and output-oriented, for it can be adapted to the needs of each student while scientific excellence is always ensured, and it allows for a clear evaluation of the results achieved by the student at each step of their education. Modularity, and the strict regularity imposed in the program, furthermore ensures that student workload is balanced. ECTS credit points have been carefully assigned to the different courses within each module, taking into account the number of theoretical and practical (study) hours each one requires. A study plan consists of 60 ECTS credit points per year, with the first year dedicated to 50% to the study of foundations of Linguistics, and research specialization in the second year of studies.

Studying in multi-national and most importantly multilingual groups chosen from different universities in Europe and outside Europe, with English as the instruction language, accompanied by language classes in another European language, contributes in the best possible way to preparing students for the increasing globalization of science, industry, and commerce.

Admission Requirements

  • Certified copies of your Bachelor Diploma
  • Certified copies of your academic records
  • Certified copies of your English proficiency (B2 level)
  • A digital passport photo
  • A copy of the passport
  • A medical certificate
  • Confirmation of payment registration fee on the University account


  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent in one of the following areas:
    • Linguistics/Theoretical Linguistics/Computational Linguistics/Psycholinguistics
    • English or related studies (however with a specialization/Bachelor thesis or Bachelor exam in Linguistics)
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics/Computer Science
  • The diploma degree cannot be lower than A/B+ (“very good”, “plus good”)
  • Proficiency in English (for non-native speakers) (level C1+)
  • A letter of intent written in English The applicants should write at most two pages (A4, Times New Roman, 12point, single-spaced), focusing on:
    • their reasons for choosing this program,
    • their areas of interest in Linguistics, and
    • the reasons for choosing the University of Wrocław.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae, written in English


Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The University of Wroc?aw has a rich history of more than three centuries. Founded by Leopold I Habsburg the university evolved from a modest school run by Jesuits into one of the biggest academic ins ... Read More

The University of Wroc?aw has a rich history of more than three centuries. Founded by Leopold I Habsburg the university evolved from a modest school run by Jesuits into one of the biggest academic institutions in Poland. Read less