MSc Clinical Linguistics (European Master)

University of Potsdam, Germany

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About Programme

The European Master in Clinical Linguistics (EMCL) is part of the Erasmus Mundus Excellence Program and is offered in cooperation between the University of Potsdam, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu. You will therefore study at the University of Potsdam as well as at the two partner universities. All three institutions enjoy an excellent reputation in the area of psycho/neurolinguistics and in clinical linguistics.

  • Type: On campus
  • Start: September
  • Language: English


  • Duration: 24 months
  • Fee national: $1,286
  • Fee international: $1,286

The Program is designed as an interdisciplinary course of study with specializations in the following areas:

  • Neurolinguistics
  • Clinical Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics

During your first month of the EMCL you will be in Potsdam for propaedeutics. In that time you will learn about the fundamentals of the program and attend introductory courses in the areas of linguistics (syntax, semantics, phonology) as well as statistics and methods (including experimental linguistics).

You will spend the remainder of your first semester at one of the two partner universities (University of Groningen in the Netherlands or University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu), were you will attend language and culture courses as well as coordinated research seminars.

You will continue with your second semester at the University of Potsdam, which will follow up on the content of the first semester. In addition, you will attend courses on neurological rehabilitation, speech therapy, neurolinguistics, or speech diagnostics. The subsequent instruction-free period will give you time to develop an abstract for your Master’s thesis, to prepare for the internship that is a mandatory part of your Master’s thesis, and to participate in the international conference “The Science of Aphasia.”

You will spend your third semester either in Joennsu or in Groningen and attend research seminars on topics such as neuroimaging, clinical aphasiology / cross linguistic aphasiology, and developmental dyslexia / language development disorders. In addition, you can participate in excursions and colloquia.

During your last semester, you will complete internships and write your Master’s thesis.


The goal of the EMCL Program is to acquire substantial knowledge in psycho- and neurolinguistics as well as in speech diagnostic and therapeutic theories and methods. In addition, you will learn about speech and language disorders and acquire experimental and methodological skills that are of great importance, e.g., in developing diagnostic and therapeutic materials on speech and language disorders.

The program concludes with a joint Master’s degree (M.Sc. European Masters in Clinical Linguistics) by the three participating universities. The excellent training in the area of Clinical Linguistics prepares you for future work in research or a dissertation.

Entry requirements

A first academic degree that qualifies you for a profession, e.g., a Bachelor’s degree. Your first degree should be in Speech Therapy, Linguistics, Psychology, Principles and Methods of Teaching Speech Therapy, Biomedical Sciences, or another related discipline. If English is not your native language, and it was not the language of instruction for your first university degree, you will also need to provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English. IELTS = 7.0.

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