Applied Linguistics

University of Groningen

M.A. On Campus
12 months
13500 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Can you learn a second language the same way you learned your mother tongue? What is the best way to test the language proficiency level of students? Find out in the Applied Linguistics programme at the University of Groningen.


The Applied Linguistics programme at the University of Groningen focuses on research on foreign language learning and teaching. You will study the process of learning and the use of second languages. 

The track allows you to focus your research on your language of choice, for instance, Dutch as a second language, but also English, French, German, Swedish, Chinese, or any other language.

You will approach second language acquisition from many different angles, including (cognitive) psychology, social interaction and language teaching. You will be introduced to the field of linguistics, language acquisition and language teaching theory.

The master's track focuses especially on dynamic aspects of language development, which explains how the process of second language development is affected by the dynamic interaction of a wide range of factors. 

You will learn about the social, psychological and cultural processes that interact in using a language or that may cause the use of a second language to grow or decline. 

You will explore didactic applications of recent research and theoretical developments, and learn about computer-assisted language learning. Although this is not a teacher training programme, there is ample opportunity to discuss issues related to teaching and to do a language teaching internship.

Job prospects

After completing this track, you can pursue a career in research, or work in the field of language teaching and educational publishing projects. Our MA Applied Linguistics prepares current and future language teachers to be innovators in the profession. You are also equipped to take positions that deal with issues of language policy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Essential Statistics 
  • Research Methodology Language Development
  • Teaching Methodology/2nd Language Dev. 
  • Theory of 2nd Language Development
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Master's Thesis in Applied Linguistics

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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • BA in modern languages, linguistics or education.
  • To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Office and the Admissions Board.
  • Sample of academic writing: a thesis or a research paper that was written in English, preferably on a topic related to linguistics.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 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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