MA Applied Linguistics

University of Groningen

Program Description

MA Applied Linguistics

University of Groningen

MA Applied Linguistics

Can you learn a second language the same way you learned your mother tongue? What is the best way to test the language proficiency level of your students? Find out in this programme.

This one-year Master's programme focuses on foreign language teaching. It offers theoretical insights to help assess language-teaching methods and applied linguistics research. You will study the process of learning and the use of second languages. The programme allows you to specialise in your language of choice, for instance Dutch as a second language, but also French, German, Swedish or any other language.

You will approach second language acquisition from many different angles, including psychology, social interaction and language teaching. You will be introduced to the field of linguistics, language acquisition and language teaching theory.

The program focuses especially on Dynamic System Theory, which explains how cultural differences become bodily differences. You will learn about the social, cultural and political processes that play a role in using a language or that may cause the use of a second language to decline. You will explore didactic applications of recent research and theoretical developments, and learn about computer assisted language learning.

International students

Previous education

BA in modern languages, linguistics or education.

Other admission requirements

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Office and the Admissions Board.

Why Groningen?

  • Unique master in second language learning and teaching theories (L2)
  • Small groups and individual attention
  • Truly international environment

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Job perspectives

After completing this programme, you can pursue a career in research, or set up language teaching projects. You are also equipped to take positions on the European level that deal with issues of language policy.

Job examples

Linguist (L2)

  • language research
  • language education
  • language policy
  • language testing
  • curriculum development
  • publishing

Language: English (100%)

Start course: September 05, 2016

Application deadlines:

  • EU/EEA students: May 01, 2016; non-EU/EEA students: March 01, 2016

Last updated September 29, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 5, 2016
12 months
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 5, 2016
Netherlands Groningen
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Netherlands Groningen
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Duration 12 months
Price 1,984 EUR
- EU, 11.200 EUR. - non-EU per year