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This minor is intended for those students who are particularly interested in linguistics and the structures of languages.

You first obtain a broad overview of what linguistics is about: the structure of language, how language is processed and acquired by speakers and listeners, and how languages can and cannot differ from each other. After this you discover the structure of a great variety of languages in courses that address the sound structure, sentence structure, word structure, and meaning structure, of the languages of the world. 

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. 

Study schedule 

  • Introduction to Linguistics
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  • Phonology
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  • Syntax
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  • Morphology
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  • Semantics and Pragmatics
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Master's programme

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in Linguistics, e.g. General Linguistics or Linguistics and Communication (Research Master's). Always check the entry requirements on the Application & admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year. 

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


The minor enrolment deadline for the academic year of 2021-2022 was 22 June. You can still register for individual minor courses in which places are still available up until one week before the start of the academic year.

Facts & Figures
Credits 30 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September