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In practice, research and teaching, patholinguistics deals with language, speech and swallowing disorders in adults and children. The course includes the following sub-areas: cognitive neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics. These disciplines research the relationship between language and the brain and develop models of normal and impaired language processing and language acquisition. This provides the theoretical basis for the development of diagnostic and therapeutic concepts for speech, speech and swallowing disorders in adults and children. The course content focuses on both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.

The course also includes a six-month external full-time internship. This is completed in various speech therapy facilities, such as neurological rehabilitation clinics or speech therapy practices, and includes the treatment of children with language development disorders and adults with acquired language, speech and swallowing disorders. The internship is intensively prepared and followed up in internal courses and internships as well as by carrying out your own therapies under the supervision of experienced speech therapists.


The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module. 

The bachelor's degree in Patholinguistics has a total of 210 credit points and includes the content shown in the overview below. In the 5th semester, an external internship is usually completed in the two areas: 1. Acquired language, speech and swallowing disorders and 2. Language development and flow disorders. The internship can be replaced by proof of successfully completed speech therapy training or proof of equivalent practical work. 


Credit points

Basic modules 67 LP

Disorder-specific skills (acquired and developmental language disorders, flow disorders, speech and swallowing disorders)    

Diagnostics and therapy (acquired and developmental language disorders)
Specialization modules 44 LP
  • medicine     
  • psychology    
  • Pedagogy and Sociology    
  • Speech therapy research methods
Practice modules 36 LP
  • Action skills: acquired language, speech and swallowing disorders     
  • Action skills: Developmental language and flow disorders
Advanced modules 24 LP
  • Specific Topics: Acquired Language, Speech, and Swallowing Disorders     
  • Specific Topics: Developmental Speech Disorders
Integrative academic basic skills 12 LP
Occupational field-specific skills 18 LP
Basic therapeutic skills  
bachelor thesis 9 LP
total 210 LP


Since the course is aimed at a speech-intensive profession, we recommend having your voice and hearing checked by an ENT doctor or phoniatrist. The test of voice and hearing is optional, so not mandatory for the application.

Taking into account the requirements of the professional world, the course is intended to provide students with the necessary specialist knowledge, skills and methods in such a way that they are able to carry out scientific and problem-solving work, to critically classify scientific findings and to act responsibly. In order to deal with the professional situation, it is recommended to do a four-week social internship before starting the course. The implementation of a social internship is optional and therefore not mandatory for the application.

In addition, a confident handling of the German language (written and oral), joy in working with people of all ages and being able to adjust to their particular situation with unrestricted attention are desirable prerequisites for working as a patholinguist.

Proof of a university entrance qualification is required for the bachelor's degree at the University of Potsdam.


The Bachelor of Science in Patholinguistics qualifies as admitted academic speech therapists and thus for the dispensing of remedies in the field of speech therapy at the expense of the statutory health insurance. Graduates are prepared to take on a wide range of tasks in the field of diagnostics and therapy for speech, speech and swallowing disorders in adults and children. The course provides the (patho) linguistic, medical, educational and psychological basics required for this.

Patholinguists work in clinical or outpatient facilities such as hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, geriatric facilities and speech therapy practices. Patholinguists who are active in teaching and research work, among other things, as research assistants in universities or as lecturers at speech therapy schools. In addition to basic research, the creation of concepts and evaluations of diagnostic procedures and therapeutic approaches is a further focus of work.

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