This Master's focuses on the intricacies of language, how people learn and use it, and about the different types of variation in everyday language use. Language studies at Radboud University have a strong empirical focus. You will study real language in situations where it is actually being used and only on the basis of your observations, you will formulate theories to be tested against the data. In this way, you will discover the richness of language.


  • The Master’s programme is structured as follows:
  • Three core courses (15 EC)
  • Two advanced courses from a choice of eight (10 EC)
  • Colloquium Series (5 EC)
  • Internship (10 EC)
  • Master’s thesis (20 EC)


As a Master’s student in Linguistics, you will find yourself in a challenging research environment. The language and linguistics experts at Radboud University have strong international reputations. They specialise in language variation and language diversity, language typology, second language acquisition, sign language, as well as optimal communication and the interpretation of language.

World-leading research

Recently, our Linguistics research at Radboud University was rated number 1 in the worldwide university ranking. The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes annual rankings of the best universities worldwide. Withing the subject field of Linguistics, our research topped the list. Research and education are closely intertwined in Nijmegen: in lectures and through research internships and assignments, students become familiar with the latest developments in linguistics research.

Extensive network

This programme is closely associated with the research carried out in the Centre for Language Studies. Radboud's experts in language also work closely with the other institutes located on the campus including the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (DIBCB). During your internship, you will be involved in research at these institutes. You can also choose to do more field research and thus benefit from our extensive networks. In this way, our Master’s students have become involved in research in Bolivia, Indonesia and Australia. Twenty percent of our Master’s students are from outside of Europe.

Career prospects

This programme forms an excellent starting point either for a PhD track or for a professional position. Our graduates are involved in PhD projects in Nijmegen as well as elsewhere in the world. In Radboud University alone we have 20 PhD students. Graduates are also employed in policy making and as researchers in institutes of education, organizations engaged in second language education, regional language institutes and in government and heritage organisations.

Admission requirements

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

1. Bachelor's degree:

A completed Bachelor's degree in Linguistics or Languages

In order to be admitted to this Master's you’ll need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in a specific language such as German or Dutch, or with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information Studies can also apply, provided they have successfully completed at least 30 EC worth of real linguistics courses (language proficiency courses, for instance, do not count). The exam board will evaluate whether your linguistic background is sufficient for enrolment.

2. Language requirements

Fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor’s degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of ≥ 600 (paper based) or ≥100 (internet based) and ≥ 22 subscore writing
  • An IELTS score of ≥7.0 (overall band) and ≥6.5 (writing)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
  • A Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture from a research university.

Quality label

This programme was recently rated ‘Best Programme’ in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2016 (Guide to Master's programmes).

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Last updated January 31, 2019
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