12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Linguistics - Text Mining MSc programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is taught entirely in English. In this specialisation, you will learn to understand language systems, exploring the typological characteristics of languages and how you can classify languages into language families.


In order to get meaningful information from very large repositories of text, you need to know what you are looking for and how to find it. The Linguistics - Text Mining from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam teaches you how to mine text by applying Artificial Intelligence techniques.

What is text mining?

There is more digital information available than ever before. But how can we use this availability of information to improve society?  By applying Artificial Intelligence techniques, you can teach a computer how to search through enormous amounts of textual data to find information or make connections that have previously alluded scientists and decision-makers. 

For example:

  • countless medical reports and scientific papers on specific symptoms contain information that could lead to better treatments and cures for diseases
  • an abundance of documents on economic policies and their effects could lead to improved decision making and stronger economies
  • the opinions of millions of people on all kinds of topics are available on social media, which could help us understand issues like how propaganda and misinformation is spread, how language is evolving and even how people deal with anxiety
  • historical archives, libraries with centuries of books are now available digitally, and exploring them through new techniques could give us a deeper understanding of history and religion

Entering the job market

After completing the Master's programme in Linguistics, you will be able to work in various fields. Thanks to the programme’s focus on both knowledge and skills, almost all of our graduates quickly find a job in linguistics or a related field. A small selection of possible jobs includes:

  • Language advisor
  • Translator
  • Language researcher (PhD)
  • Test developer
  • Curriculum developer
  • NT2 teacher
  • Data analyst
  • Text mining specialist
  • Teacher in higher professional education


VU Amsterdam is fully recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education as a research university. All degree programmes at VU Amsterdam are either accredited by or in the process of being accredited by NVAO, the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Language as Data
  • Machine Learning for NLP
  • Applied Text Mining
  • Text Mining Domains
  • NLP Technology
  • Master Thesis Linguistics: Text Mining

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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.

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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