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 programme.

The two-year international Research Master's track in Clinical Linguistics is part of the prestigious international Erasmus Mundus programme in Clinical Linguistics, EMCL+. EMCL+ is an integrated two-year Master's programme 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 programme at the Masters 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 masters thesis. After finishing this track you will receive a joint degree.

Programme schedule

Courses year 1 Courses year 2

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • Maximum of 90 EC

Admission requirements

Language test minimum score

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced) C1
  • IELTS overall band 7
  • TOEFL paper-based 600
  • TOEFL computer-based 250
  • TOEFL internet-based 100

Tuition Fees:

  • EU/EEA 2018-2019 €4500
  • non-EU/EEA 2018-2019 €9000
Application Deadlines:
For both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students:
  • 01 May 2018 for starting on 01 September 2018
  • 15 October 2018 for starting on 01 February 2019

Specific requirements

  • Previous education: Bachelor 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 programme at the partner universities.

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 world, R&D and in the clinical field. Importantly, the track is not meant to train students to become speech and language therapists.

Job examples

  • Research oriented career.
  • PhD 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).

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Sept. 2019
24 months
11,000 EUR
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