This programme is designed for students with a background in linguistics, or a combined background of language studies or communication, and linguistics.
Gain the theoretical insights for further research in the field, or for practical application in designing language or communication coaching programmes.
Opportunity to study a broad range of topics, from how the brain processes language, to how language influences people and society.
This programme prepares you for a career as a researcher, teacher, editor or journalist, or consultant.
Why study Linguistics at Radboud University?
As a student at Radboud, you will be surrounded by some of the best Linguists in the world. Radboud University's Linguistics programme was ranked #1 in the world in 2017 according to CWUR. Radboud is home to two of the best Linguistics research programmes: The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donder's Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.
The Master's programme in Linguistics gives you immense freedom to choose your focus and the courses that interest you. Radboud encourages you to take a multi-disciplinary approach to your education. This means you will be studying and doing research on the topics that you are passionate about, and preparing yourself for a future career in the field of linguistics.
What will you learn?
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. Besides research, you will also be able to focus on language skills, improving your English skills as well as your skills in a second language.
Graduates from this programme can find work as:
Journalist, Copywriter or Editor
Teacher or Educational developer
Language Variation and MultilingualismThis specialisation offers a wide range of advanced topics in fields as diverse as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, (second) language learning, language description, language testing and linguistic diversity.
As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.
A completed Bachelor's degree from a Research University in Linguistics or Languages: In order to be admitted to this Master's you’ll need a completed Bachelor’s degree from a Research University 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.
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 iBT score of ≥100 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.
For programmes starting in September
Non-EEA students: 1 April
EEA students: 1 May
For programmes starting in February
Non-EEA students: 1 November
EEA students: 1 December
This programme was rated ‘Best Programme’ in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2016 (Guide to Master's programmes).