Linguistics (research MA), M.A.

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The Research Master's in Linguistics offers the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines. Linguistics at the UvA devotes serious attention to methodological issues.


The Research Master's in Linguistics offers the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines. Linguistics at the UvA devotes serious attention to methodological issues.

All courses are taught in English or, in the case of language-specific courses, in the given language. The University of Amsterdam is home to specialists in all the important sub-areas of linguistics. The Research Master's programme Linguistics is coordinated by the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation. The programme capitalises on this potential by covering a variety of areas, including: research in Creole studies, discourse analysis, functional grammar, generative grammar, language and speech development and pathology, language typology, language variation and change, phonetics, second language acquisition, semantics and sign linguistics. The University is rich in terms of the languages and language families covered in linguistic research and teaching. Linguistics seminars are taught on Arabic, Dutch (including Dutch as a Second Language), English, French, German, Greek (Classical and modern), Italian, Latin, Scandinavian, Slavonic and Spanish. A general characteristic of linguistic research at the UvA is the focus on theory formation through the analysis of large data sets.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Linguistics is a Research programme, which means that it prepares participants for entry into a related PhD programme. The programme allows students to specialise in any of a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines and puts a sharp focus on methodological issues.

Programme outline

The two-year Research programme in Linguistics yields 120 ECTS credits: 30 credits for core courses, 30 credits for electives, 30 credits for tutorials and 30 credits for a Master's thesis.

The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the admissions committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take two years. Students with a related Master's degree should be able to complete the programme in one year (70 ECTS credits: two core courses, one seminar, one tutorial and a Master's thesis).

There programme can be adapted to the needs of the individual student. Students can choose from the following areas of specialisation:

  • Arabic Linguistics
  • Dutch Linguistics
  • Dutch as a Second Language
  • English Linguistics
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Formal Semantics
  • French Linguistics
  • Frisian Linguistics
  • Functional Grammar
  • German Linguistics
  • Greek Linguistics (Classical and modern)
  • History of Linguistics
  • Italian Linguistics
  • Language Philosophy
  • Language and Speech Development and Pathology
  • Language Technology
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Latin Linguistics
  • Romanian Linguistics
  • Scandinavian Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sign Linguistics
  • Slavonic Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics and Creole Studies
  • Spanish Linguistics
  • Speech Communication and Speech Technology
  • Theoretical Linguistics

Current Issues

The Current Issues sessions constitute a weekly meeting point for all students. In these sessions new developments in linguistics are discussed on the basis of recent articles. Special attention is paid to the ideas presented in the articles, the way the articles are structured, the data on which they are based and the methodology. The sessions also facilitate training and evaluation of participants' presentation and discussion skills.

Further options

UvA linguists work in close collaboration with their colleagues at the University of Leiden. Students from the Research programme can substitute courses offered in the advanced programme in Linguistics at the University of Leiden for one or more seminars or tutorials with, subject to the programme director's approval (no additional costs are involved). The programme also accommodates participation (at moderate additional costs) in the winter and summer schools offered by the Dutch National Graduate School for Linguistics (LOT).


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser(s). The final text should be between 20,000 and 25,000 words.

Degree requirements

Students who successfully complete this programme receive a Master's degree in Linguistics and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their research programme. The examination committee determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • 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: 7

    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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2): 80

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Previous education: The Research Master's in Linguistics is open to all students with a Bachelor's diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in: - Linguistics - Dutch Studies The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board). Prospective students with Bachelor’s degrees (university) other than those mentioned above can nonetheless apply for admission to the programme. The Examinations Board will in such cases take a look at the content of the prospective student’s Bachelor programme, his/her study results and general motivation.

Written request: Aanmelden voor dit programma kan via de website van de Graduate School of Humanities (

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: A2
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B1
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • IELTS listening: 7
  • IELTS reading: 7
  • IELTS writing: 7
  • IELTS speaking: 7
  • TOEFL internet based: 100

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 10500 International
  • EUR 1906 EU/EEA


Scholarships / Grants:

The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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