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Language and Society (Linguistics)

University of Amsterdam

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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Explore language from a (socio)linguistic and pragmatic perspective while gaining proficiency in one of seven European languages. In the Language and Society (Linguistics) programme of the University of Amsterdam, you will develop the knowledge and skills to analyse your target language within its unique social context.

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Exploring language within the context of society

In the Master’s programme Language and Society you will examine the role of language within a society and how a society can, in turn, shape a language. Providing real-world examples of core linguistics concepts and theory, the programme focuses on the analysis of language use and variation. You will explore how and why languages vary within particular communities, differences in language use and policy, and the influence of issues such as multilingualism and computer-mediated communication.

Specialise in one of seven European language communities

The Language and Society (Linguistics) programme of the University of Amsterdam offers you the unique opportunity to specialise in one of seven European language communities. With experts in English, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic and Spanish, you will be able to develop your own expertise in the linguistics of your language of choice, all the while improving your own productive and receptive proficiency.


As a Language and Society graduate, you will have developed unique skills relevant to a career in the field of linguistics, as well as a range of employment opportunities where an extensive understanding of language is essential.

The Job Market

Employers from a wide range of fields greatly value the professional skills and critical thinking that you develop in this programme. Besides the most obvious career paths in communications, translation and (language) education, graduates also pursue careers in publishing, journalism, media, civil service, consultancy, insurance companies, and information technology.

The programme organises an annual Career Event for students where alumni discuss their career paths and a university career counsellor offers insights into the job market.

An Academic Career

Graduates interested in pursuing an academic career have gone on to do research internships or to pursue a PhD. If you are interested in pursuing an academic career, it is advisable to discuss the possibility of joining the UvA's two-year Research Master's in Linguistics with the programme coordinator.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Language in Use: Acquisition and Variation
  • Contact, Conflict and Media
  • Acquisition and Variation in French
  • Language Acquisition and Disorders
  • Language Assessment
  • Language in Use: Acquisition and Variation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or from another accredited university, in one of the languages in which the candidate wishes to specialise (target language) with preferably 15-20 credits in linguistics, European Studies, with at least 30 credits of coursework in the target language, Linguistics, with at least 30 credits of coursework in the target language
  • English language requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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