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International Experimental and Clinical Linguistics - IECL

Students at Potsdam University, Campus Golm
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The English-language International Master’s  Program Experimental and Clinical Linguistics (IECL) at the University of Potsdam is located at the Linguistics Department . The IECL program

  • offers innovative instruction, combining linguistic knowledge with interdisciplinary research and an international orientation.
  • covers areas like language processing, language acquisition, evidence bases in language impairments and multilingualism.
  • equips you with the ability to critically evaluate studies, conduct empirical-experimental research, make in-depth analysis of statistical data and interpret results.
  • has a special focus on statistics (see here some examples of our statistic classes)
  • does not equip you to work as a speech and language therapist.
  • is a research-based program. 


Master of Science

Standard period of study

4 semesters (2yrs)

Credit points

120 CP

Start of study (1st term)

winter term

Language of instruction


Program Contents

  • The IECL provides an advanced academic training in research methodology in a flexible format and prepares you for a scientific career in the areas of psycho- and neurolinguistics
  • The IECL program provides an intensive, research-based education and has a specific focus on the neuro-cognitive mechanisms underlying language processing, language acquisition, their disorders, and their rehabilitation.
  • You can develop your own area of interest within a research framework of
    • first language acquisition,
    • speech and language processing,
    • evidence based practice in speech and language disorders, and
    • multilingual language acquisition and processing. 
  • The language of instruction is English

Program Goals and Future Career Options

The IECL Master program qualifies you for scientific activities such as in research institutes or at universities as well as for further scientific qualification (doctorate).

In addition to that, your excellent specialized knowledge and basic expertise of statistics also qualifies you to take up professional activities in non-university fields in which the investigation of topics of language acquisition, multilingualism, language processing and evidence-based speech therapy research or the in-depth analysis of statistical data is required (e.g. documentation, specialist journalism, specialist editing, consulting of user-oriented tools e.g. for data science, diagnostics).

Please note, that the program does not provide basic training for working as a speech and language therapist.