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Modern Languages

Leiden University

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Modern Languages is a one-year MA programme within the masters's degree in Linguistics at Leiden University. In the course of the programme you will be able to focus on one of five language themes, or a combination thereof: Chinese Linguistics, English Linguistics, French Linguistics, German Linguistics or Italian Linguistics.


The Modern Languages MA programme at Leiden University equips you with unique skills relevant to a career in academia, teaching, writing and communications.

Linguistics deals both with the search for general properties common to all languages and the study of particular languages. Chinese, English, French, German and Italian are among the most widely spoken and best-studied languages in the world.

The programme for the Modern Languages specialisation at the Leiden University provides you with a solid foundation in the languages of the world’s most influential societies. You will look at how these languages can vary by place, by situation and by social group (sociolinguistics, dialectology); how they evolve over time (historical linguistics); how people acquire or learn them (language acquisition); and how people use them in context (pragmatics).

The programme is aimed at students who are interested in Chinese Linguistics, English Linguistics, French Linguistics, German Linguistics or Italian Linguistics. You might also be interested in second language learning, or in combining linguistics with literary studies of your language of choice. These options are an excellent preparation for a subsequent educational master.

Why study Modern Languages at Leiden University?

  • Focus on the language or languages of your interest: Chinese, English, French, German, or Italian.
  • Learn about second language learning and bilingualism, or dive deeper into your language of specialisation by combining linguistics with literary studies on your language of choice.
  • Choose one of the ready-made thematic routes or create your own programme to match your specific interests.
  • Gain professional experience by doing an individual research project with a staff member, or an internship as part of your programme.
  • Become part of the linguistics community at Leiden University by attending events such as the MA Linguistics colloquium, Linguistic Movie Nights, or by becoming involved in the T.W.I.S.T.  study association for BA and MA linguistics students in Leiden.

Programme Structure

The programme for the Modern Languages specialisation comprises sixty EC, to be completed in one year. At the start of the programme you will choose courses related to the language of your specialisation:
  • Chinese Language and Linguistics 
  • English Language and Linguistics 
  • French Language and Linguistics 
  • German Language and Linguistics 
  • Italian Language and Linguistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in English/French/German/Italian/China Studies with at least 15-20 credits in core linguistics courses (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics), or a minor in linguistics.
  • Completed the pre-Master's programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 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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