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A completed Bachelor's programme in Linguistics offers a wide range of career possibilities. You may apply for jobs in the narrower field of linguistics, but also in other positions that require a critical, independent, and analytical mind in combination with good language skills. With a Bachelor’s degree in hand, you can also choose to enrol in a related Master’s programme. Learn more about your opportunities below.

Graduates have found positions at:

  • Scientific research into language, language teaching, language development
  • Language and speech technology 
  • School advisory service
  • Institutions for foreign language teaching
  • Hospitals with a clinical linguistics department
  • Software companies
  • Publishing houses
  • Libraries
  • Archives
  • Information management

A related Master's programme

Most students enrol in a Master’s programme to acquire broader or more specialised academic knowledge. The UvA offers over 220 one-, one and a half- and two-year Master’s programmes, many of which are taught in English.

Entry requirements

Many of our Master's programmes are subject to specific entry requirements and/or a selection procedure. In almost all cases, you will need to have completed particular courses or a specific minor programme over the course of your Bachelor's programme. Make sure that your Bachelor's schedule leaves enough room to meet the entry requirements for your Master's programme of interest.

Linguistics Master's programmes

The Faculty of Humanities offers five Master's programmes that each explore a unique facet of Linguistics. With a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, you might be eligible for admission to the one-year (60 EC) Master's programmes:

Students with a strong interest in research can also apply for one of our two-year Research Master's programmes (120 EC). There is a selection process for all Research Master's programmes. Admission is not guaranteed. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to your motivation, study results, thesis, and the content of your Bachelor's programme. With a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics you might be interested in applying for the following Research Master's:

Your diploma is not a farewell

After graduating, you don't have to say goodbye to the University of Amsterdam! We are happy to help you develop your career. You can join the young alumni programme, which will assist you in mapping out your career. And as an alumnus, you can also still use the Student Careers Centre.