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Advanced Studies in Linguistics

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The Master of Arts in Advanced Studies in Linguistics at KU Leuven is directed towards students who want to acquire research competence in linguistics and a general insight into the central role played by language in the psychosocial life of individuals and in society. 

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This Master of Arts in Advanced Studies in Linguistics at KU Leuven offers a high degree of flexibility and learners have the option to craft individual programmes from background and specialization courses, enabling them to develop specific theoretical insights and methodological and analytical expertise.

Furthermore, in accordance with their own research interests, students can choose to follow intensive courses taught by international scholars or to do an internship in one of the many research groups at the universities of Leuven and Ghent. Special attention is paid to the writing up of research results and participation in the international scientific debate.


Graduates will be equipped with a high degree of contemporary research knowledge in a particular field of linguistics and will, therefore, be well-equipped to undertake research at a higher level (PhD programmes/research projects, etc.). Upon completion of the programme, graduates will also have developed the communicative skills required to report, both orally and in writing, on research findings and new insights. These transferable skills can be applied in a broad range of professional contexts where the ability to understand, synthesize, and present complex phenomena is essential.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods of Corpus Linguistics
  • Theory and Praxis of Discourse Analysis
  • Research Methods in SLA and Language Learning
  • Language Policy and Practice in Multilingual Contexts
  • Language Acquisition: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Language Assessment

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  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A detailed survey of previous studies, showing that the candidate has a substantial academic background in the field of study. Please note that applicants are required to have completed their initial MA at the start of the Advanced Master in Linguistics.
  • A motivation letter.
  • Proof of proficiency in English: an IELTS score of at least 7, a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test), or 100 (internet-based test), or academic credentials of proficiency. 
  • Applicants may be asked to submit certified course descriptions in Afrikaans, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. Submitting such documents along with the application will speed up the admissions process.


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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Advanced Studies in Linguistics
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