KU Leuven

Advanced Studies in Linguistics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The Advanced Studies in Linguistics programme at KU Leuven is directed to students who want to acquire research competencies in linguistics. In this interuniversity, third cycle programme, internationally renowned researchers from the KU Leuven and the University of Ghent collaborate to initiate students into advanced linguistic research. 

About

De 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 KU Leuven and the University of Ghent collaborate to initiate students into advanced linguistic research. 

At the KU Leuven two specializations are offered: Cognitive and Functional Linguistics and Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching. Students put together an individual programme from background courses and specialization courses, which will enable them to develop theoretical insight and methodological and analytical expertise. In function of their own research interests, they 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 goes to the writing up of research results and participation in the international scientific debate. 

Objectives:

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 are thoroughly familiar with leading contemporary research in a particular field of linguistics and are thus well-equipped for research at a higher level (PhD programmes / research projects, etc.). Graduates also develop the communicative skills required to report, both orally and in writing, on research findings and insights. Those skills can be used in a broad range of professional contexts where the ability to understand, synthesise, and present complex phenomena is essential.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods of Corpus Linguistics 
  • unguistics and Neuroscience 
  • Linguistic Typology 
  • Theory and Praxis of Discourse Analysis 
  • Research Methods in SLA and Language Leaming 

Audience

  • 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

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:

    600

    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:

    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

  •  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 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

870 - 1300 EUR/month
Living Costs

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Funding

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