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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.

Linguistics and communication
What does this programme entail?

In this video two students of the programme explain in 4 minutes how this programme is structured and what the unique aspects are.


Ranked highest in continental Europe

Choose your interest

24 ECTS electives

Work experience

Internship possible


Possibility to study abroad

Why study Linguistics and Communication at the UvA?

  • World class education
    Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam has been ranking highest in continental Europe in the QS World University Rankings by Subject since 2012. 
  • Unique approach
    The emphasis on a multi-disciplinary, multi-theoretical, complementary approach to linguistics is unique to this programme.
  • Develop your soft skills
    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.
Copyright: Hannah Lutzenberger
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

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)
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
University Quarter