University of Groningen

How is language stored in the brain? What effects can brain damage have on our ability to use language? And why do some children have difficulty learning a language? Find it out in this track.

The two-year international Research Master's track in Clinical Linguistics is part of the prestigious international Erasmus Mundus program in Clinical Linguistics, EMCL+. EMCL+ is an integrated two-year Master's program offered jointly by a consortium of the Universities of Groningen (NL), Potsdam (DE) and Eastern Finland (FI) and 15 associated partners from the academic, R&D, and clinical sector, finishing with a joint MSc degree from the three institutions. It is a full-time interdisciplinary and transnational university program at the Master's level, providing integrated training in neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and clinical linguistics.

The regular study period is 24 months. It consists of 4 semesters; 3 teaching semesters and a fourth semester to finish the internship and master's thesis. After finishing this track you will receive a joint degree.

Why study this program in Groningen?

In Groningen, courses focus on neuroimaging, language processing, and developmental and acquired language disorders.

  • Developmental Language Disorders
  • Cross-Linguistic Aspects of Aphasia
  • Language Testing During Awake Surgery
  • Neuro Imaging and Language


Year 1


  • Courses in Joensuu (Eastern Finland) (30 EC)
  • Cross-Linguistic Aspects of Aphasia (10 EC)
  • Developmental Language Disorders (10 EC)
  • Language Testing During Awake Brain Surgery (5 EC)
  • Neuro Imaging and Language (5 EC)

Year 2


  • Courses in Potsdam (30 EC)
  • Master Internship (10 EC)
  • Master Thesis (30 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • Maximum of 90 EC

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch or international diploma

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 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).
previous education Bachelor's degree in speech and language pathology, linguistics, biomedical sciences, psychology or language impairment.
other admission requirements Students must be willing to follow part of the program at the partner universities.

International diploma: language requirements

Exam Minimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) C1
IELTS overall band 7
TOEFL paper-based 600
TOEFL computer-based 250
TOEFL internet-based 100

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students

01 December 2019

01 December 2020

01 September 2020

01 September 2021

non-EU/EEA students

01 December 2019

01 December 2020

01 September 2020

01 September 2021

Tuition fees

EU-students: €4.500 per year // non-EU students: €9.000 per year

Job prospects

The aim of the Master's Course is to train highly qualified and advanced students who are excellently prepared for wide employ-ability, by the unique combination of research training and an internship with an academic, R&D in neurotechnology, or clinical component. This means that we prepare the students for employment in the academic, R&D and clinical fields. Importantly, the track is not meant to train students to become speech and language therapists.

Job examples

  • Research-oriented career
  • Ph.D. student


The Clinical Linguistics/EMCL track in Groningen, which is offered by the Graduate School for the Humanities, is linked to excellent, multidisciplinary research which is carried out at the Centre for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) and the Groningen Research School for Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN).

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
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24 months
4,500 EUR
EU/EEA students: €4500/year. Non-EU/EEA students: €9000
Dec 2, 2019
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