Linguistics, M.A.

Linguistics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
Language is a central topic in cognitive science, computer science and the study of human behaviour. The research tracks of Linguistics study these fields in depth. The Linguistics programme is offered by the University of Groningen.


The Linguistics programme is offered by the University of Groningen. Language can be studied in many ways. You can, for example analyse texts or computer corpora, listen to people speak, or measure properties of sound waves in the lab. You can choose from:

  • Language and Cognition
  • Clinical Linguistics
  • Language and Communication Technologies

All research programmes are taught in English.

Job prospects

  • All research masters are good stepping-stones to a PhD position, or other research careers. Depending on your choice of programme, you are also prepared for a career in the IT industry, in speech technology, or speech and language therapy.


Programme Structure

Programme options

  • Clinical Linguistics (EMCL+) (track) - How is language stored in the brain? What effects can brain damage have on our ability to use language? And why do some children have difficulty learning language? Find it out in this track.
  • Language and Communication Technologies (track) - How do we cope with the information overload of modern media? What is the best way to collect data in a multilingual environment? Find out in this international Double Degree track.
  • Language and Cognition (track) - How is language stored in the brain? How do we acquire a foreign language? Is it possible to forget your mother tongue? Which factors play a role in effective communication? 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

    • a modern European language and culture study
    • Communication- and Information Science
    • Humanities Computing/Information Science
    • Linguistics
  • Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.
  • Excellent academic record.
  • Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


  • Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.
  • Talented and motivated students who start in September in one of the five Research Master Programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts, may apply for a paid position of one day a week at the university.

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