The master’s programme in Linguistics at Leiden University is by any measure among the best in Europe, offering linguistics expertise that covers all corners of the world.
An unmatched curriculum
The MA in Linguistics at Leiden University offers a wide range of perspectives on language. You will learn to systematically identify, describe and analyse language phenomena and to apply this knowledge to a specific area of interest, ranging from theoretical and experimental approaches to linguistics, to language documentation, language comparison, language learning, communication, or the translation between languages.
- Enter the Linguistics field from your own main interest: a specific language, analytical curiosity, theoretical interest or translating ambitions.
- In the Translation specialisation, expertise with the latest translation tools will launch your translator's career.
- Benefit from access to the Experimental Linguistics labs, such as EEG, Eyetracking and a Babylab.
- You can do fieldwork, an internship, or an individual research project.
- Become part of the linguistics community at Leiden University.
From September 2019 the programme consists of the following three specialisations. Within these specialisations you will be able to focus on a broad array of topics, according to your interest.
- Modern Languages
Learn from experts
Academics from the renowned Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) teach in the master’s programme in Linguistics. During your studies, you will have access to a breadth and depth of expertise that is almost unmatched in Europe, as well as exceptional resources such as the famous collections at the Leiden University Library. All courses are taught by a diverse group of scholars, all of whom are engaged in international research, which is also part of the teaching syllabus. Their expertise incorporates the latest theoretical knowledge and practice-based skills, such as translation or text analysis.
Close, individual tuition
At Leiden, our master’s students are considered valuable members of a close-knit academic community. Small classes, regular individual mentoring, and an informal, open-door policy, create an environment that is ideal for the exchange of ideas and the development of your knowledge and intellectual abilities.
An important objective of the programme is to develop your aptitude for critical-thinking: in everything you do, from independent research to peer-to-peer feedback and in-class debates, you will learn to take a broad, investigative and critical approach to problem-solving that can be applied to any future challenge, within any role.
Admission and Application
We invite motivated students from around the world to apply for the Master of Arts in Linguistics. Admission requirements may vary per specialisation, please visit the specialisation of your interest to find out more about the entry requirements: