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Klinische Linguistik / Clinical Linguistics (Master of Arts)

Program: Klinische Linguistik / Clinical Linguistics
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter semester

The Klinische Linguistik / Clinical Linguistics master's program, in connection with a linguistic bachelor's program (e.g. BA in "Language and Communication" in Marburg), qualifies you as an academic speech therapist. The guiding principle is a close intermeshing of linguistic theory, psycholinguistic research and practical speech therapy. You will acquire current knowledge of a variety of language and speech disorders and learn to apply it in practice in later professional work. The program offers the possibility of working in a speech therapy profession and obtaining health insurance approval for relevant indication areas. The practical teaching of clinical skills is therefore a central component of the program.

Major topics

  • Fundamentals of clinical linguistics
  • Disorder-specific skills
  • Practical speech therapy
  • In-depth methodology

The program is interdisciplinary in the sense that relevant practical subjects such as diagnostics and therapy for language and speech disorders in children and adults are linked with theoretical fundamentals in the fields of linguistics, medicine, speech communication, phonetics, statistics, psychology and educational theory.


As a clinical linguist, you are a university-trained speech therapist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, therapy and advisement of developmental and acquired disorders of language, speech and swallowing.

Following a successful program, a therapy-based or management position is a possibility at one of the following institutions:

  • at speech therapy practices: employed or independent (prerequisite: insurance approval)
  • at clinical institutions (acute care clinics, rehabilitation clinics, geriatric clinics)
  • with public law entities and voluntary associations (e.g. at counseling centers, early intervention centers)
  • at kindergartens for children with speech defects, daycare centers and similar special education institutions
  • at community and regional outpatient clinics
  • Admission requirements

    Required university degreeDegree from a subject-relevant bachelor's program in the field of Linguistics, Communications, Speech Therapy, Cognitive Science or the certification of a comparable domestic or foreign qualifying university diploma.
    Certifications of program-specific knowledge and skills to be submitted prior to admissionGerman skills:
    DSH 3

    Other language skills:
    Certification of skills in English at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe.

    The following must also be demonstrated:
    Certification of linguistic subject modules or courses totaling at least 24 CP. The required proportion of linguistic courses over 24 CP, which must be acquired as part of the bachelor's program, must be comprised of the following linguistic subfields: Phonetics/Phonology, Morphology, Semantics, Syntax, Textual Linguistics/Pragmatics, Neuro and Psycholinguistics. At least 4 CP thereof must be from psycholinguistically oriented courses: 2 CP in the field of Language Processing (Language Production / Language Perception) and 2 CP in the field of Language Learning. The bachelor's thesis should have been written on a relevant linguistic or communications topic.

    Certification of 18 CP from the fields of Psychology, Education and Speech Therapy Competence according to the Guidelines of the GKV central association. 6 CP must have been acquired in courses on Psychology (primarily Neuropsychology, Developmental Psychology, Learning Psychology, Cognitive Psychology) and an additional 6 CP must have been acquired in courses on Education (Rehabilitation and Special Education or Education for Speech Defects). 6 CP must be certified from courses on linguistic competencies. These should originate from the fields of Scientific Work and Research Methods, Quality Assurance, Diagnostics, Therapy Didactics, Counseling and Therapeutic Conduct.

    Submission of a phoniatric certificate that attests to normal hearing ability and vocal and articulatory suitability for the program and the later performance of a speech-related profession and is no older than 12 months. The certificate of hearing ability can also be produced by an ENT specialist.

    Certification of a four-week work shadowing internship at a speech therapy facility (rehabilitation clinic, speech therapy or speech defect therapy practice, etc.). It should provide the opportunity to learn about various disorders and to shadow diagnosis and therapy of language and speech disorders.

    The examination board can make admission contingent on additional academic performances and/or examination performances of 6 CP at maximum being produced. In this case, the program can be extended accordingly.
    Admission ModeRestricted admission (NC)
  • Who can answer questions?

    Technical questions about your application


    Content-related questions about the program

    Prof. Dr. Christina Kauschke
    Institute for German Linguistics
    Pilgrimstein 16, Room +1/0180
    35032 Marburg
    Tel.: +49 6421/28 24672

    Formal questions about your application

    In case of formal questions about the application, please contact Master's Coordination with your application number (if available) at .

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