Empirical multilingualism

... looks into questions such as ...

  • How are multiple languages acquired simultaneously or sequentially?
  • acquired?   
  • How are multiple languages stored in the brain and handled on a daily basis?
  • handled (retrieval, activation, suppression)?   
  • What does multilingualism mean for an individual's identity?   
  • How does multilingualism affect the structure of the languages involved? 
  • What are the social and educational implications of the facticity of multilingual society?

Degree programmes


Empirical multilingualism, Master 1 subject


Degree: Master of Arts
Start: Winter semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: German

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

it is a research-oriented, cross-linguistic and cross-philological joint degree programme offered by TU Dortmund and RUB.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • multilingualism research
  • linguistics
  • empirical and experimental research methods

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • good English language skills, educational background in linguistics, an interest in in-depth training in empirical research methodologies

  • linguistic questions, independent empirical research
struggles through:

  • different approaches of research into multilingualism and enhances them by empirical studies carried out autonomously

This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • all philologies
  • general linguistics
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • as well as degrees with a linguistic content.
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • at a university or another research institution
  • at educational institutions
  • in positions that focus on fostering language and multilingualism
  • in integration offices

And else?

An internship ...

is mandatory. It is done in the 3rd semester.
Duration: 180 hours

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Julia Golbek
Building, Room: GB 8/147
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-23384
Website academic advisory office