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Advanced Studies in Linguistics

KU Leuven

12 months
961 EUR/year
961 EUR/year
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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. 


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.

Two specializations are offered:

  • Cognitive and Functional Linguistics
  • Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applicants are requested to submit the following information:
  • 1) 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.
  • 2) A motivation letter.
  • 3) 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 whose native language is English or who hold a degree awarded by an English-speaking university from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States are exempt from this requirement. Admission of students to the programme who cannot yet provide this proof of proficiency in English at the start of the programme is conditional.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    961 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 961 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    961 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 961 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 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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