Linguistics - Text Mining

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
14762 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
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The Master’s programme Linguistics - Text Mining at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam trains everyone with a Bachelor’s and or Master’s degree how to use text mining by applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. You will learn what the possibilities and limitations are, and how to reflect on the outcomes and the cross-disciplinary aspects.


Did you ever wonder why there is such a need for finding information in text by using Artificial Intelligence techniques? Scientists and decision makers are very much in need of the information that must be somewhere in textual big data.

You probably never realized, but most big data is textual and the amount of textual information available in digital form is still rapidly growing. Although language is very accessible for humans, it is not for machines. That massive amount of information is very hard to explore! That is where text mining comes in.

The master degree in Linguistics - Text Mining at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is trying to extract knowledge, information and structured data from text and utterances by using a collection of software and Artificial Intelligence methodologies. Although text mining is grounded in linguistics, computer science and Artificial Intelligence, it is extremely relevant for almost all fields of knowledge.

Career Prospects 

  • Worldwide there is an extremely large amount of digitally available text, yet it is hard to find the right piece of information that is relevant for a specific situation.
  • There is a fast-growing need for specialists that can apply text mining, turn it into a product and exploit the results in industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  • This Master’s programme offers advanced students a scientific challenge, as well as a great opportunity to apply their field competence in a rapidly growing field of science and industry.

Programme Structure

  • In the first period you will learn the basics of linguistics and programming in Python for Text Analysis. We offer a master degree in Linguistics - Text Mining at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 
  • The second period brings you more specialized knowledge and skills: we will show you how to look at language as data and you will learn to use methods and tools for the processing of language in the course NLP Foundations.
  • In period three and four you will really dive into text mining. In Applied Text Mining we will give you hands-on experience to build what we call a reading machine. In Text Mining in Domains you will apply your newly acquired knowledge in your professional domain. At the same time you will follow a course in Machine Learning, especially for working with language.
  • You will write your thesis in the last two periods, most likely based on an internship.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

The Master’s programme Text Mining is open for application to students with an academic Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in Linguistics. Students who do not have a Bachelor’s Linguistics degree and wish to enroll for the Master Text Mining are invited to submit a request to the Faculty’s Admissions Board. In response to this request, the Admissions Board will indicate what knowledge, skills and insights the student must have in order to be admitted to the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14762 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14762 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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