Why study Linguistics?
In the course of the Linguistics MA programme at Leiden University you can explore the full breadth and depth of linguistics and language use. Courses on a broad array of topics can be combined along thematic or disciplinary lines that interest you most. This allows you to focus on, for example, core theoretical areas (syntax, semantics, phonology), forensic and phonetic speech science, pragmatics and communication, language documentation in remote areas, language acquisition, or Indo-European linguistics.
You may choose one of the ready-made thematic or disciplinary routes through the programme, or potentially create one according to your individual interests. You will benefit from Leiden's excellent research facilities, including the Experimental Linguistics Labs: the Phonetics Lab, the EEG Lab, the Eye-tracking Lab and the Babylab.
The MA Linguistics specialisation is aimed at students who have an analytical mind and are fascinated by the human capacity for language, by the structure of languages, whether Western, non-Western, ancient or modern, or by the ways in which language can be used to inform, influence and mislead.
Linguistics at Leiden University
- Benefit from the unique environment for the study of linguistics at Leiden, which boasts expertise in an exceptional range of subject areas and theoretical approaches.
- Choose one of the ready-made thematic or disciplinary routes through the programme, or potentially create one according to your individual interests.
- Benefit from Leiden’s excellent research facilities, including the Experimental Linguistics Labs: the Phonetics Lab, the EEG Lab, the Eye-tracking Lab and the Babylab.
- Gain professional experience by doing fieldwork, an internship, or an individual research project with a staff member, as part of the programme.
- Become part of the linguistics community at Leiden University by participating in 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.
Linguistics: the right master’s programme for you?
The Linguistics specialisation within the master’s programme in Linguistics is aimed at students who have an analytical mind and are fascinated by the human capacity for language, by the structure of languages, whether Western, non-Western, ancient or modern, or by the ways in which language can be used to inform, influence and mislead.
Linguistics at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in Linguistics, with a specialisation in Linguistics and the title Master of Arts (MA).
As a graduate of the MA Linguistics, with a specialisation in Linguistics, you will have developed a range of analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied to many careers, in growing areas like speech technology, artificial intelligence, education, language documentation, language policy, intercultural communication, and management consulting.
The programme offers 7 pre-approved programmes, called Themes, which are centered around areas of expertise within our programme:
- Applied Linguistics
- Comparative Indo-European Linguistics
- Language and Communication
- Language Description and Documentation
- Language Processing and Cognition
- Theoretical Approaches to Linguistic Diversity
- Theoretical Linguistics
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:
- A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Linguistics
- Completed the pre-Master's programme.
If you can demonstrate a level of knowledge, understanding and skills equal to that of holders of a degree mentioned above, you may be eligible.
All applicants must:
- have a bachelor’s degree from a research university that matches the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including general academic skills;
- have knowledge of and insight in linguistics comparable with the qualifications acquired by students graduating from the Bachelor’s programme in Linguistics, for example:
- an academic Bachelor's degree in English/French/German/Italian/China Studies, or any other language, with at least 15-20 credits in core linguistics courses (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics), or a minor in linguistics.
International19300 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA2209 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Leiden
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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