24 months
8000 EUR/year
1104 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Linguistics and Communication Sciences Research Master's 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. This programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to finding insights in the field of language studies.

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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

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Admission Board has the authority to impose additional admission requirements.
  • In principle, it’s possible to gain admission to the Research Master's with qualifications other than those outlined on this page, subject to the discretion of the Admission Board. So, if you have a Bachelor's degree that is comparable in content and methodology, as well as meeting all of the other requirements, we recommend you contact us.
  • 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

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16000 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1104 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme during 24 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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