MA in European Linguistics

General

Program Description

University of GroningenHow 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 (English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish).

It gives students a broad and attractive, but coherent and cohesive, range of options, oriented along with the following approaches:

  • An empirical investigation of the structure of the European languages, with a 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.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in many different languages as well as in theoretical linguistics;
  • A challenging multidisciplinary approach;
  • A unique combination of theoretical and descriptive linguistics in a multi-lingual setting;
  • Area of study with excellent career opportunities, both in industry and academia;
  • Excellent preparation for a Ph.D.

Program

Year 1

Courses

  • Essential Statistics (5 EC)
  • Comparative Linguistics (10 EC, optional)
  • Language Development (10 EC, optional)
  • New Sounds (10 EC, optional)
  • Res. Meth. Language Development (5 EC)
  • Debates in Linguistics (10 EC, optional)
  • Language Variation in Europe: the communicative consequences (10 EC, optional)
  • Master's Thesis Linguistics (20 EC)

Curriculum

In addition to the range of course units provided by this track itself, students can also follow Masterlanguage courses. Master language is a national program 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. You may follow Masterlanguage courses in consultation with the Board of Examiners of your Master's degree program.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch 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). If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

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

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 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.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 January 2021

15 August 2021

01 February 2021

01 September 2021

EU/EEA students

15 October 2020

01 June 2021

15 October 2021

01 February 2021

01 September 2021

01 February 2022

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2020

01 June 2021

15 October 2021

01 February 2021

01 September 2021

01 February 2022

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 13500 full-time

Job prospects

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

  • A solid foundation for future teachers, editors, communication experts, etc;
  • 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 Ph.D. thesis.

Job examples

  • Editor
  • Communications expert
  • Linguistics researcher
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