Clinical Linguistics - EMCL, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
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 Clinical Linguistics - EMCL programme offered by the University of Groningen.


The two-year international Research Master's track in Clinical Linguistics - EMCL offered by the University of Groningen is part of the prestigious international Erasmus Mundus programme in Clinical Linguistics, EMCL+. EMCL+ is an integrated two-year Master's programme offered jointly by a consortium of the Universities of Groningen (NL), Potsdam (DE) and Eastern Finland (FI) and 15 associated partners from the academic, R&D, and clinical sector, finishing with a joint Msc degree from the three institutions. It is a full-time interdisciplinary and transnational university programme at the Masters level, providing integrated training in neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and clinical linguistics.

Job prospects

The aim of the Masters Course is to train highly qualified and advanced students who are excellently prepared for wide employ-ability, by the unique combination of research training and an internship with an academic, R&D in neurotechnology, or clinical component. This means that we prepare the students to employment in the academic, R&D and clinical field. Importantly, the track is not meant to train students to become speech and language therapists.

Job examples
  • Research oriented career
  • PhD student


Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Courses in Joensuu (Eastern Finland)
  • Cross Linguistic Aspects of Aphasia
  • Developmental Language Disorders
  • Language Testing during Awake Brain Surgery
  • Neuro Imaging and Language 
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

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 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 C):


    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:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    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

Language test:
    • Minimum requirement of: TOEFL 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 100 points (internet) / IELTS of at least 7,0 / CAE of at least level C1.
    Previous education:
    • Bachelor degree in speech and language pathology, linguistics, biomedical sciences, psychology or language impairment.
    Other admission requirements:
    • Students must be willing to follow part of the programme at the partner universities.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      9000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      4500 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 4500 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.


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