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Linguistics - Language Description and Comparative Linguistics

12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Linguistics - Language Description and Comparative Linguistics MA programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam prepares you to become a professional language expert. 


Within the Master’s programme in Linguistics - Language Description and Comparative Linguistics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on the interaction between theory and data in the research traditions of anthropological, typological and descriptive linguistics. 

The programme’s emphasis on practical fieldwork, cultural pragmatics and anthropological perspectives makes it unique in the Netherlands. When you graduate, you will have the knowledge, skills and expertise to function as a linguistic consultant or linguistic researcher in many settings, particularly in translation, cross-cultural communication and language documentation.

In this specialisation, you will focus on developing:

  • knowledge of current developments in the fields of typological, descriptive and anthropological linguistics 
  • the ability to reflect critically on scholarly publications in these fields 
  • the skills to carry out linguistic research in fieldwork and cross-cultural linguistic consultancy settings
  • the ability to communicate the results of your research clearly and systematically to fellow linguists and to the general public 
  • the ability to write a reference grammar of an under-documented language in accordance with the international standards of descriptive and documentary linguistics

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Articulatory Phonetics and Typology of Sounds 
  • Linguistic Research
  • Describing Morphosyntax      
  • Antropological Linguistics
  • Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

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