24 months
4562 EUR/year
1071 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Linguistics and Communication Sciences (Research) programme at Radboud University is designed to help you develop a unique professional profile by specialising in an area that meets your interests and research ambitions.

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Programme overview

The Master's research programme in Linguistics and Communication Sciences focuses on how language and communication works. This programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to finding insights in the field, including language variation and language diversity, language technology, sign language, intercultural communication, persuasive communication, optimal communication, multimodal messages and social media.

This programme is closely connected with the Centre for Language Studies, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Baby Research Centre, and the Donders Institute. As a student you will have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside experts in the field.

You’ll participate in group-oriented education and be part of a select group of highly motivated national and international students. You will also have great opportunities to build your network within Radboud's own extensive international network. 

What will you learn?

  • Gain a theoretical background in the foundations of language and communication and be able to describe and apply general knowledge on the historical roots and modern developments within the fields of Linguistics and Communication Studies

  • Choose from a variety of topics within linguistics to further deepen your knowledge in your area of interest

  • Get valuable research experience, understanding approaches and techniques, and learn to design, conduct and present your research and prepare yourself for a research career

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme are well suited to pursue an academic career. They can also find research positions in a variety of public and private institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Language and Communication
  • Statistics and Experimental Methods
  • Term Paper
  • Specialisation courses
  • Research Orientation
  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Valorisation 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Radboud University will still consider EU/EEA applications until 1 July, but we may not be able to offer assistance with accommodation. 




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Your admission into this programme depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed Bachelor's degree from a Research University in Linguistics, in Communication Studies, in a modern language or a related area. 
  • Your average grade during the second and third years of your BA studies has to have been at least a 7.5 and your Bachelor’s thesis must have received a grade of at least 8.0. (Grades in the Netherlands are out of 10.
  • Strong motivation: You should be able to demonstrate your motivation for and affinity with scientific research. A selection committee will evaluate the motivation of each applicant separately.
  • 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

  • International

    4562 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9124 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1071 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


  • Radboud Scholarship Programme
  • The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme
  • Holland Scholarship Programme
  • Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships
  • StuNed scholarship programme
  • Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund
  • Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund

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.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

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