Linguistics, M.A. | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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How do children learn their mother tongue? How do non-native speakers learn a second language and what are the best teaching methods? What is involved in teaching a computer a language? At the Linguistics MA programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will explore these questions and more. 


At the Linguistics MA programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will learn to analyse the learnability of languages, describe languages and even combine language with artificial intelligence. 

During the Master's programme in Linguistics, you will learn to analyse how languages relate to one another. This skill allows you to describe relatively unknown languages. You will also examine which aspects of better-known languages are easy or difficult to learn. The programme focuses on different target groups such as children with dyslexia and multilingual adults, as well as computers that need to learn a human language.

Future opportunities

When you successfully complete the Master's programme in Linguistics, you will have analytical and research skills in the area of language and language systems. In addition to these common skills, you will possess specific skills for your specialisation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Articulatory Phonetics and Typology of Sounds
  • Linguistic Research
  • Describing Morphosyntax
  • Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis
  • Anthropological Linguistics: An Overview
  • Phonological Analysis and Typology
  • Comparative 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

  • 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.
  • If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results.  

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 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.

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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