General Linguistics (Linguistics)

The one-year Master's programme General Linguistics explores the universal properties of language as they manifest themselves in the language system and the language capacity of users.



One-year Master's programme

The Master's in General Linguistics has a typological focus: it aims at finding out to what extent language systems can vary and to what extent this variation is constrained. Students will come to understand how human language works by comparing as many language systems as possible, including spoken languages from all continents, sign languages, child language, and disordered language. Drawing on evidence from language observation, behavioural and neuro-imaging experiments, and explicit modelling, they will learn how language is structured and how language users produce, comprehend and acquire the phonetics, phonology, syntax and semantics of their language(s).

Why General Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam?

  • The one-year Master's programme General Linguistics is coordinated by the large and thriving linguistics community unified in the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC).
  • Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam is ranked highest in continental Europe (source: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015).
  • In the first semester, the fixed courses provide the students with the opportunity to acquaint themselves with many different theoretical approaches and subdisciplines. In the second semester, the students specialise in one of four major directions.
  • Besides the regular courses, students write a term paper on a topic of their choice and present the findings at a poster festival. They also attend lectures at the ACLC every two weeks by external/international researchers.
  • Finally, students conduct an in-depth research project under close supervision of an ACLC researcher, culminating in their final thesis.

Degree certificate

General Linguistics is an accredited degree programme of Linguistics. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Linguistics and the title Master of Arts (MA).


Degree programme
MA Linguistics
Type
Regular study programme
Mode
Full-time, part-time
Credits
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
English
Starts in
September
CROHO code
60815

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