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Research Master

Linguistics and Communication

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The two-year Research Master's in Linguistics and Communication brings together linguistic theory and data from experimental and corpus studies, and has a strong emphasis on methodology.

Theoretical variety

In this Master’s programme, you will study language and communication from various theoretical perspectives, including generative grammar, functional discourse grammar, optimality theory, neural networks, argumentation theory, rhetoric and discourse theory.

You will be taught to understand the value of these different theoretical approaches in analysing linguistic problems. The programme boasts an open, constructive atmosphere, in which you are trained to look beyond your own particular field of expertise.

Why study Linguistics and Communication at the UvA?

  • Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam has been ranking highest in continental Europe in the QS World University Rankings by Subject since 2012. 
  • The emphasis on a multi-disciplinary, multi-theoretical, complementary approach to linguistics is unique to this programme.
  • Besides developing your academic skills, you will also receive training in soft skills such as data management and presentation, the writing of abstracts and proposals, CV composition, job application, and the organisation of an alumni event.
Pursue your passion or discover it as you go...

"The research-orientation of the programme enhances the curiosity to dive into the beauty of languages. An international mindset encourages the inspiring exchange between students and experts in their fields and, at the same time, teaches the necessary skills for an (academic) career.” - Hannah Lutzenberger

Student profile

  • You enjoy comparing different approaches and theories.
  • You like interpreting human language behaviour.
  • You have strong analytical skills, which shows e.g. in you liking to solve logical puzzles.
  • You are able to conduct research independently: you know how to formulate a research question, collect material, apply linguistics theories, and are able to report on this research in written form (thesis or longer paper).
  • You have a strong academic interest and a desire to contribute eagerly and critically to the academic and interdisciplinary environment of our Graduate School, demonstrated in a convincing motivation letter in which you explain why you think you can successfully participate in this specific programme.

Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication

This Research Master’s is coordinated by the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC), the large and thriving linguistics community at the University of Amsterdam that will be your academic home during your studies.

Degree certificate

The Research Master's programme Linguistics and Communication is an accredited degree programme of the Master's degree programme 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). 

Facts & Figures
Degree programme Research MA Linguistics (research)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60817