The one-year Master's programme in General Linguistics has a typological focus: you will explore how the systems of the languages of the world can vary and to what extent this variation is constrained.
In the Master's in General Linguistics, you will first 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 language as used by people with a developmental or acquired disorder. You will then have the opportunity to specialise in one of four linguistic sub-areas: phonetics & phonology, syntax & semantics, language acquisition & disorders, or sign linguistics.
The Linguistics programme at the University of Amsterdam ranks among the leading institutions in the world. The programme was ranked highest in continental Europe and 17th in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2017.
The General Linguistics programme offers you the freedom to specialise in your area of interest. If you take as many courses as possible in your sub-area of interest and also write your term paper and thesis in that area, you will be able to spend approximately two-thirds of your time on your area of specialisation. You can also opt for a broader programme by writing your term paper in a different area than your specialisation and writing your thesis on a subject that crosses the boundaries of the four linguistic sub-areas.
As a student in the Master’s programme in General Linguistics you are expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:
This programme is also offered in part-time study mode, in which case it takes 2 years. You can obtain a maximum of 30 ECTS per year (12-18 ECTS per semester). As a part-time student you will follow the programme together with full-time students. You will prepare your study plan for the part-time programme in consultation with the Master’s programme coordinator (See: Contact).
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|
|Credits||60 ECTS, 12 months|
|Language of instruction||English|