Linguistics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #55 (BCR) ,
The two-year Research Master’s programme Linguistics enables you to specialise in a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines, and puts a sharp focus on methodological issues.


The linguistics community is unified within the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC), and also includes members of the Institute of Logic, Language and Communication (ILLC) and the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC). Linguistics at the UvA is ranked highest in continental Europe by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015. This rich research environment is a breeding ground for young and new talent in the field. The Research Master's in Linguistics provides the framework in which this talent can be nurtured and trained, resulting in linguists ready to embark upon a PhD project in The Netherlands or abroad, or start a job in education or industries requiring strong methodological and analytical skills. 

Studying Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam
  • The research Master’s programme in Linguistics is a two-year collective programme of all language departments and linguistics. It provides students with the necessary training to successfully conduct research in a wide variety of sub-areas of linguistics. Crucially, the programme constructively combines different theoretical and sub-disciplinary perspectives.
  • Students are taught to understand the value of different theoretical approaches to analysing linguistic problems in an open, constructive atmosphere, which trains future linguists who will look beyond the borders of their own particular field of expertise. This is reflected in the programme’s core courses: various perspectives convene around a single research theme, while serious attention is paid to methodology.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Block 1-2 Electives
  • Term Paper rMA Linguistics
  • Statistics in Linguistics
  • Perspectives on Universals
  • Block 2-3 LOT courses /Tutorial
  • Linguistics
  • Perspectives on Universals
  • Block 1-2 Tutorial
  • Research Project Linguistics
  • Research MA Thesis Linguistics

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 B2):


    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 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

The Research Master's programme in Linguistics is open for application to all students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA, or from another accredited university, in:

  • Linguistics
  • Dutch Studies

Although a background in Linguistics is recommended and preferred, students with a BA in other disciplines, especially in the Sciences or in Psychology, are encouraged to apply as well. In this case, a personal interview may be part of the selection process, to establish your capacity to successfully participate in the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships / Grants:

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