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European Masters in Clinical Linguistics | Master

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.

NameEuropean Masters in Clinical Linguistics
DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study4 semesters
Credit points120
Language of instruction
Start of study (1st semester)Winter semester
CampusGolm & University of Eastern Finland, University of Groningen

Program Content

You will start the EMCL+ at University of Easter Finland with 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). Afterwards you will attend language and culture courses as well as coordinated research seminars.

You will continue with your second semester at the University of Groningen and attend research seminars on topics such as neuroimaging, clinical aphasiology / cross linguistic aphasiology, and developmental dyslexia / language development disorders. 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 at University of Potsdam. You will attend courses on neurological rehabilitation, speech therapy, neurolinguistics, or speech diagnostics. In addition, you can participate in excursions and colloquia.

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

Course Objective and Future Career Options

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.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Master’s Program

The general prerequisite for enrolling in a Master’s program is a first academic degree that qualifies you for a profession, e.g., a Bachelor’s degree. Your first degree should be in experimental cognitive sciences (Linguistics, Psychology, Biomedicine, Special Education), or in an experimentally oriented study program related to these subjects.

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 (at least level C1) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). English competence can be demonstrated with an appropriate test score (TOEFL: at least 250 points for the computerized test, 600 points for the paper-based test or 100 points for the internet-based test; or IELTS = 7.0) or a certificate of a degree from an English-language degree program.

Program Structure

During the four semesters of the Master’s program you will earn a total of 120 credit points (CP) from the following modules and your final thesis. For additional information on specific modules, please consult the subject-specific Degree Regulations or the Departmental Advisory Office.



Credit points

Methods including Statistics and Experimental Linguistics (Part 1)14 CP
Methods including Statistics and Experimental Linguistics (Part 2)6 CP
Clinical Linguistics, Psycho / Neurolinguistics34 CP
Neurotechnology and IT for Clinical Linguistics32 CP
Internship10 CP
Colloquium and Meet the Employers Event4 CP
Master’s Thesis20 CP
Total120 CP

Advantages at a Glance

  • a joint degree from the three participating universities
  • two integrated study abroad periods at the partner universities
  • as part of the Erasmus Mundus Excellence Initiative, the EMCL program also awards fellowships to students from European and non-European countries


Are you interested in studying the English-language master’s degree in Clinical Linguistics at the University of Potsdam? Then you should take the next step on the application pages to find out more about current application and enrollment procedures.

Departmental Advising

Dr. Roel Jonkers | Departmenatal Advising for students from EU-member states
Telephone: +31 50 363-6129
E-Mail: r.jonkersrugnl
Adresse: University of Groningen, 9712 EK Groningen, NL | Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26, room: 1312.0419

PD Dr. Frank Burchert | Departmental Advising for students from non-EU-member states
Telephone: +49 331 977-2347
E-Mail: burchertuni-potsdamde
Adresse: University of Potsdam, Campus Golm | Building 14, room 2.07

This description is based in part on the information provided by the Program-Specific Regulation for the M.Sc. European Masters in Clinical Linguistics at the University of Potsdam, dated 24 September 2009 (AmBek No. 12/10, p. 172).