Continuing from the Old 15-ECTS Master Program in English Linguistics (Only until the Spring Semester 2022)

Disclaimer: The applicable legal regulations can be found in the framework ordinance (Rahmenverordnung) and the program regulation (Studienordnung) for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The information below is for illustrative purposes only and should be regarded as a recommendation. In case of any contradictions between this document and the legal regulations or between the German version and a translation, only the legal regulations or the German version, respectively, have legal bearing.

Important: Students who started their studies in the 15-ECTS Master program in English Linguistics before the fall semester 2019 can remain enrolled in this program. They have to complete their studies by the end of the spring semester 2022 (i.e. the spring semester 2022 is the last semester in which they can graduate from this program).

The Basics

If you follow the guidelines below, you can ensure that you meet all the requirements of the Studienordnung, and that the transition does not cause any problems.

Important: There are various ways of fulfilling the requirements of this study program. If you follow the recommendations of our PDF checklist, you will be able to ensure that you fulfill the requirements that apply to students who continue their studies in the old 15-ECTS program in English Linguistics.

Note: These transition guidelines do not apply to students who started their studies in the fall 2019 or later.


Please read these recommended guidelines carefully. They will help you avoid potential problems arising from the Bologna 2020 reform.

Note: In addition to the requirements below, the number of graded ECTS in the study program must be at least 50% (i.e. at least 8 graded ECTS). This requirement will be covered if you follow the recommendations outlined in our PDF checklist.


Modules Intended for the Beginning of One's Studies

Methods and Theories (0 ECTS)

Mandatory Master Seminar Linguistics (old)

OR Methods and Theories in English Linguistics (new)


Strictly speaking, you do no longer have to do do this module. However, we recommend very strongly that you do so.

Notes: Students can repeat these modules only once.

Language Skills and Culture (6 ECTS)

Language Skills and Culture: Higher (old)

OR Writing Skills and Popular Culture (new)


Note: Students can repeat this module only once. If one fails one of this module twice, one can no longer complete the program.


Modules Intended for More Advanced Master Students

Research-Oriented Specialization: English Linguistics (0 ECTS)

You do not have to do any Research Seminars in Linguistics, but are of course allowed to do so. (Any of the old Research Seminars in Linguistics with paper (9 ECTS) will count toward this category as well.)

Note: If one completes any modules in this category, then these 'extra' ECTS points can be deducted from the Electives.

Electives (9 ECTS)

free choice from the following module groups:

  • English Linguistics
  • Research-Oriented Specialization: English Linguistics
  • Language Skills and Culture



Special Cases

Feel free to contact the advisor of studies if you have transferred Master-level ECTS points from other universities to UZH, or if any other aspects of the transitional regulations are unclear.