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 90-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).
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 checklists, you will be able to ensure that you fulfill the requirements that apply to students who continue their studies in the old 75/45-ECTS program in English Literature.
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 38 graded ECTS if you do the 75-ECTS version, and at least 23 graded ECTS if you do the 45-ECTS version). This requirement will be covered if you follow the recommendations outlined in our PDF checklists.
Modules Intended for the Beginning of One's Studies
Methods and Theories (0 ECTS)
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)
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)
Strictly speaking, you do not have to do any Research Seminars in Linguistics. However, we strongly recommend that you take at least one Research Seminar in Linguistics with paper (as these are graded modules).
Any of the old Research Seminars in Linguistics with paper (9 ECTS) will count toward this category. Accordingly, we recommend that students complete
- EITHER one Research Seminar in Linguistics (old, 9 ECTS)
- OR a Research Seminar in Linguistics (new, 9 ECTS)
Note: If one completes any modules in this category, then these 'extra' ECTS points can be deducted from the Electives.
Electives (39 ECTS)
free choice from the following module groups:
Master Thesis (0 or 30 ECTS)
- If this is your 'big major' (i.e. 75 ECTS), then you need to write a Master Thesis in English Linguistics.
- If this is your 'small major (i.e. 45 ECTS), then you have to write a Master Thesis in your other subject.
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.