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MA Linguistics (research)

Leiden University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program Description

linguistics research student

Study an MA in Linguistics research program at Leiden University

The Leiden University research master’s in linguistics focuses on language diversity in the world. This diversity is apparent both in the vast array of languages that you can study, and in the wide range of linguistic approaches used to study these languages.

The research MA in linguistics is a specialized two-year research-based program by the renowned Leiden University Center for Linguistics (LUCL).

What you'll get

  • Benefit from a wide range of linguistic approaches including comparative, historical, descriptive, theoretical, experimental and formal, and learn to apply these to any of the vast array of languages studied in Leiden.
  • Choose from the largest selection of languages (varying from Chinese to German, from Papuan to Slavic languages, and many more) taught and studied at any institution in the Netherlands or the surrounding region.
  • Study languages at the level that interests you: phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse, or pragmatics.
  • Tailor the program to your personal interests, either focusing your research on a certain pre-modeled theme, or creating your own specialization.
  • Learn from researchers who have been awarded prestigious grants and academic prizes. The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is an institute with a long-standing international reputation for excellence.

Develop your own academic path

The linguistics program encourages original and innovative research. You'll have the opportunity to develop your own academic path in an environment that is international and inspired, and that has a long tradition of applying diverse approaches to understanding language variation and change.

You will also gain access to the internationally renowned research programs led by Leiden University’s senior researchers – and the opportunity to join international peers from around the world at conferences, summer and winter schools, workshops and lecture series, connecting you to the leading minds in the field as well the latest academic developments.

Your Future Career

As a graduate of the research master’s degree, you will be qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or to carry out further research in the context of a PhD program. Many research alumni go on to do a PhD, either at Leiden University or at other universities throughout the world.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including the general academic skills.
  • Affinity with and suitability for academic research, demonstrated by good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for the entire bachelor’s program, and a grade for the bachelor’s thesis of an 8 or higher.
  • Completion of a bachelor’s program in Linguistics, a language and culture program or a comparable degree with a relevant specialization.

The following qualities regarding knowledge, understanding and skills:

  • The ability to understand basic linguistic analyses and read linguistic literature (in English) at the appropriate (handbook) level.
  • The ability to collect linguistic data and discover patterns in those. A demonstrable interest in and talent for linguistic research.
  • Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE); for the ‘speaking’ and ‘writing’ components a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 22 is required).

Degree & diploma

Master of Arts in Linguistics (research)

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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden, which has approxomately 120.000 inhabitants. Leiden University does not have a campus, but the city is it’s campus. You will almost always run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is...

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2300 RA Leiden
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