The 1-year MA Linguistics programme offers ten specialisations, which are listed below. Within the specialisations there are many ways in which you can create your own unique master’s programme, adapting the content to reflect your own specific field of interest.
- Chinese Linguistics
- Comparative Indo-European Linguistics
- English Language and Linguistics
- French Language and Linguistics
- German Language and Linguistics
- Italian Language and Linguistics
- Language and Communication
- Language Diversity of Africa, Asia and Native America
- Theoretical Linguistics and Cognition
- Translation in Theory and Practice (Dutch/English)
Leiden University offers an inspiring environment for a Master’s in Linguistics, especially because there is no other academic institution in the Netherlands where as many distinct languages and theoretical approaches are offered.
Leiden University is particularly well equipped for the study of human languages in all their diversity. There is no other academic institution in the Netherlands or in the neighbouring countries where as many distinct languages are taught and studied, from well-known modern languages such as English, French and Italian to less familiar ones such as African languages, Native American languages and Indonesian. Besides this broad range of languages, a further characteristic of the Leiden MA Linguistics programme is the diversity of theoretical approaches to and perspectives on the study of language.
Within the master’s you can focus on the description of languages, or, alternatively, you can study language from a theoretical perspective. Leiden University has a strong tradition in a number of approaches to language variation and language change, for example in the areas of syntax, phonology, semantics, historical linguistics and language and communication. You can also concentrate on the more practical aspects of language, such as translation or text analysis from a communicative perspective.
During your time in Leiden you will be able to profit from the research expertise of the members of Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL). This institute has a high and long-standing international reputation, with many researchers who have been awarded prestigious grants and academic prizes. Teaching at LUCL is in small-scale groups, which means that students benefit from a high level of personal attention.
After obtaining their MA degree, Leiden linguists are able to analyse linguistic problems at an academic level, and are in demand for their communicative and practical skills, such as their command of a specific language, their knowledge and skills in translating, and their communicative and editorial talents.
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Last updated February 29, 2016