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General Linguistics

Radboud University

12 months
16000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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In this Master's specialistion in General Linguistics, you learn to become a competent linguist who has an understanding of a wide range of topics. Ranging from how people learn and use language, to how the brain processes language and how language and people influence each other. Study fields include psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, language learning, language description, language testing.

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Programme overview

The Master's specialisation in General Linguistics allows you to focus on diverse topics from a wide range of fields, including psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, second language learning, language description, language testing and diversity. As a student, you are allowed to create the programme that fits your interests.

The General Linguistics programme at Radboud University  offers the opportunity to do an internship in the second half of your programme. Our professors have access to a large national and international network and can assist you in finding a position that fits your interests.

What will you learn?

  • Choose from a variety of courses to gain the necessary background knowledge for your specific interests

  • Focus on communication, brain functions, or specific language research

  • Gain valuable research skills and learn how to design, conduct and present your research in an area you are passionate about

Career prospects

The General Linguistics programme at Radboud University prepares for jobs in which linguistic knowledge is applied. Graduates from this programme could work in a variety of positions:

  • Editor

  • Communication consultant

  • Educational developer

  • Teacher

  • Translator

  • Researcher

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods in Language Research
  • Languages and society: variation and diversity
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Linguistic universals and diversity
  • Variation and Change in English: Present and Past
  • Optimality Theory: stress typology and phonology in action
  • Early language perception and production

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Your admission into this programme depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed a completed Bachelor’s degree from a Research University in Linguistics. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in a specific language such as German or Dutch, or with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information Studies can also apply, provided they have successfully completed at least 30 EC worth of real linguistics courses (language proficiency courses, for instance, do not count). 
  • Course description for finished courses
  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • English language certificate
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16000 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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