MA Applied Linguistics

General

Program Description

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 students? Find out in this master's track.

This one-year master's track focuses on research on foreign language learning and teaching. You will study the process of learning and the use of second languages. The track allows you to focus your research on your language of choice, for instance, Dutch as a second language, but also English, French, German, Swedish, Chinese, or any other language.

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

The master's track focuses especially on dynamic aspects of language development, which explains how the process of second language development is affected by the dynamic interaction of a wide range of factors. You will learn about the social, psychological and cultural processes that interact in using a language or that may cause the use of a second language to grow or decline. You will explore didactic applications of recent research and theoretical developments, and learn about computer-assisted language learning. Although this is not a teacher training program, there is ample opportunity to discuss issues related to teaching and to do a language teaching internship.

Why study this program in Groningen?

The master's track Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen is a unique track focussing on the processes involved in second language learning, as well as teaching theories. The program encompasses various fields of study, as learning and using a second language may be approached from many different angles. Students will explore and discuss the factors that relate to second language development, including cognition, psychology, social interaction, language teaching, and culture.

In addition to theoretical and teaching paradigms, students will also take classes in the research practices and methodology essential for conducting applied linguistics research. These classes will act as the foundation from which students will be able to conduct their own applied linguistics research in the form of the MA thesis in Semester 2. The master's track Applied Linguistics is a truly international program, welcoming students from all over the world. The classes are taught entirely in English, and students are encouraged to use their own language experiences as the basis for their individual linguistic inquiries and research. Our program is small, which means that students benefit from small, intimate classes and close collaborative relationships with the other students as well as instructors.

Program

Year 1

Courses

  • Essential Statistics (5 EC)
  • Research Methodology Language Development (5 EC)
  • Teaching Methodology/2nd Language Dev. (10 EC)
  • Theory of 2nd Language Development (10 EC)
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning (10 EC, optional)
  • Master's Thesis in Applied Linguistics (20 EC)
  • MA Work Placement in Applied Linguistics (10 EC, optional)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
language test Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1
previous education BA in modern languages, linguistics or education.
other admission requirements

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific program 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.

Sample of academic writing: a thesis or a research paper that was written in English, preferably on a topic related to linguistics.

Warning: it has come to our attention that some applicants hire companies to prepare their CV, motivation letter and reference letters. We encourage you to write your own personal motivation letter. We cannot be held accountable for the consequences (e.g. the difficulty of following and finishing the MA program) of admission on the basis of non-authentic papers.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 January 2020

15 August 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 12500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

After completing this track, you can pursue a career in research, or work in the field of language teaching and educational publishing projects. Our MA Applied Linguistics prepares current and future language teachers to be innovators in the profession. You are also equipped to take positions that deal with issues of language policy.

Job examples

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

Research

Research in Applied Linguistics focuses on the process of learning and using a second language. It covers various fields of study because learning and using a second language can be approached from many different angles, including cognition, psychology, social interaction, language teaching, and culture.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

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