M.A. On Campus

Linguistics (specialisation)

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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In the course of the Linguistics (specialisation) MA programme at Leiden University you will be able to focus on a specific thematic or disciplinary route, reflecting the linguistics expertise present at Leiden University. In addition, you may be given the possibility to design a thematic or disciplinary route according to your own specific interest.


Why study Linguistics?

At the Linguistics (specialisation) 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.

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.

Programme Structure

Students take the following courses:
  • Theme courses
  • Electives (Elective courses, internship, individual project) and/or extra theme courses
  • MA thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 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.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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