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How is language constructed and which aspects can be distinguished and studied? How are these aspects realized in different language families and specific languages?

European Linguistics is a one-year Master's track of the MA Linguistics which is based on the strengths of the Groningen linguistics sections. It gives students a broad and attractive, but coherent and cohesive, range of options, oriented along the following approaches:

  • Empirical investigation of the structure of the European languages, with focus on synchronic and diachronic variation;
  • Theoretical study of syntax, semantics, morphology, and phonology/phonetics;
  • Use of a variety of data (native speaker intuitions, corpus data, language acquisition data) and methods.

The track focuses on language with all its complexities. The main focus is how to make sense of complex data in order to be able to study the structure, variation, change, and development of language, so as to obtain a better understanding of the human language faculty.

It covers the principal subfields of linguistic study (sound, structure, meaning), and offers plenty of opportunities for students to focus on a particular language or language family (working with specialists in different modern European languages) or to pursue their interests in general linguistics.

Programme options

Master Honours College (honours program)

The Honours Programme is designed for students who want to get more out of themselves and their academic training. The Honours College gives talented, motivated Master students the opportunity to challenge themselves even more by offering an extra programme of 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the regular Master's degree programme. The Master's Honours Programme is geared to the development of leadership skills.

Master's placement

During this Master's track, you can follow a Master's placement for ECTS credit points. This placement offers students the opportunity of work experience and of orientation on the labour market. You can do a placement at an institution, organization or company in the Netherlands or abroad. It is your responsibility to find a placement, but the Mobility Office can offer help where necessary.

Programme schedule

University of Groningen

Courses are offered from a typological and cross-linguistic angle, often starting from a particular language area and then branching out to gain a better perspective of the range of variation across the European languages, and a better understanding of the theoretical and typological issues involved.

In addition to the range of course units provided by this track itself, students can also follow Masterlanguage courses. Masterlanguage is a national programme that offers courses for students of i.a. German, English, French and Italian. The courses are taught in the target language (except Greek and Latin) and are jointly organized by lecturers from Radboud University, the University of Groningen, Leiden University, Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. More information about the courses, entry requirements and registration can be found on the Masterlanguage website: You may follow Masterlanguage courses in consultation with the Board of Examiners of your Master's degree programme.

Study abroad

Study abroad is optional.

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
language test Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). ERK level B2 (preferably C1).
previous education A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

  • a modern European language and culture study
  • Communication- and Information Science
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing
other admission requirements To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme 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.

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2018-2019 €2060 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2018-2019 €11500 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 01 May 2018 01 September 2018
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2018 01 September 2018

Job prospects

A Master's degree in Linguistics (Master's track European Linguistics) is:

  • a solid foundation for future teachers, editors, communication experts, etc.
  • an excellent preparation for a social career related to the areas of theoretical linguistics, descriptive linguistics, language development, speech technology, communication and computer linguistics.
  • a stepping stone to further study and training with a view to writing a successful PhD thesis.

Job examples

  • Editor
  • Communications expert
  • Linguistics researcher
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