• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Master of Arts in Advanced Studies in Linguistics 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.


The Master of Arts in Advanced Studies in Linguistics is directed to students who want to acquire research competencies in linguistics.In this interuniversity, third cycle programme, internationally renowned researchers from the Universities of Leuven and Ghent collaborate to initiate students into the sphere of advanced linguistic research.

This advanced master 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 

The programme aims to provide those who acquired a general knowledge of linguistics in their undergraduate education with the professional and creative skills required to carry out research, emphasizing sound methodological foundations for identifying and analyzing linguistic patterns, a sense of precise and systematic language description and the ability to develop theory and criticize it.

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired:

  • not simply a reproductive encyclopedic knowledge of the subdomains of linguistics, but also an active understanding of how the organization of and relationships between subdomains can differ depending on the theoretical approach;
  • skill in reading and evaluating scholarly work in the cognitive and functional traditions.
Career Perspectives

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.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

Background Courses

  • Methods of Corpus Linguistics 
  • Theory and Praxis of Discourse Analysis 
  • Research Methods in SLA and Language Leaming 

Multilingual & Foreign Language Learning & Teaching - KU Leuven

  • Language Acquisition: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Language Assessment
  • Language Policy and Practice in Multilingual Contexts
  • Intensive Course: Paper & Report
  • Master's Thesis

Cognitive and Functional Linguistics - KU Leuven

  • Comparison of Cognitive and Functional Theories, and their Position in the History of Modern Linguistics
  • Text Linguistics
  • Grammar: Theory and Description
  • Lexical Semantics and Lexicology
  • Usage-based Approaches to Language Change
  • Intensive Course: Paper & Report
  • Master's Thesis

Linguistics in a Comparative Perspective - University of Ghent


  • You hold a Master’s degree in linguistics, linguistics and literature, or an equivalent degree.
  • You have completed your Master’s thesis on a linguistic topic.
  • Basic knowledge of the various linguistic subfields is required.
  • You are thoroughly familiar with the latest developments in at least one subfield of linguistic research. 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

    Schedule IELTS
  • 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 ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

    Schedule TOEFL®

Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

 All applicants are requested to submit the following information:

  • 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. 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.
For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 12 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 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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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.

Advanced Studies in Linguistics
Visit programme website

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.


Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?