Language Variation and Multilingualism, M.A. | Radboud University | Nijmegen, Netherlands
12 months
16500 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Learning to become a competent linguist who has an understanding of language variation and multilingualism, two central and interrelated topics within linguistics.

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Something for you?

  • You'll have noticeable freedom in creating your own programme.
  • You'll have the opportunity to do an internship as part of your programme.
  • The programme is connected to the research carried out at the Centre for Language Studies (CLS).
  • You will be part of an international classroom, coming into contact with different languages.

What will you learn

The Master Language Variation and Multilingualism at Radboud University explores linguistic diversity and multilingualism from theoretical, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives, thereby allowing students to have a full grasp on these topics and their relation. Courses generally offer a nice mix of theoretical and practical knowledge: they for instance situate insights from linguistic and language acquisition theory within the context of everyday communication and contemporary language use. For those with sufficient language proficiency, students can also integrate language-specific linguistics courses in Dutch, German, French and Spanish from the Masterlanguage programme, which offers linguistics courses in English, Dutch, Italian, French and Spanish that Radboud organises in collaboration with other Dutch universities. Language Variation and Multilingualism offers you the opportunity to pick and choose those courses that interest you the most, thereby allowing you to create the profile that you desire.

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


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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

    16500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 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.

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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