Humanities Core Modules (3 x 6 ECTS)
All Humanities Research Master's students follow three core modules in humanities research and research design. These courses are aimed to provide a general introduction to the history, philosophy and methodology of humanities research, and to two cross cutting themes of VU Amsterdam's humanities research: Environmental Humanities and Digital Humanities.
You will also actively participate in the graduate lectures and seminars of the Graduate School of Humanities.
After the introductions, the courses focus at research design: they will train you to position yourself in the international research field and to develop your skills in developing and presenting innovative research. In the second year, you will learn to write a research proposal for national or international science foundations.
Linguistics Core Courses (6 ECTS)
The course General Linguistics, provides an introduction to linguistic research in general and at VU Amsterdam specifically.
For Human Language Technology specialists, the core course Introduction to Human Language Technology (6 ECTS) will be organized around language technology: you will get acquainted with the different research projects that are running at the research group CLTL, interview the researchers, read background literature and write a report.
Specialized Courses (27-30 ECTS)
Human Language Technology:
In these courses you will further specialize in the focus area of your choice.
- Python Programming for Text Analysis (6 ECTS - Year 1)
- Deep Learning for NLP (9 ECTS - Year 1)
- NLP Foundations (9 ECTS - Year 1)
- Subjectivity Mining (6 ECTS - Year 2)
- Machine Learning (9 ECTS - Year 2)
- Why the law needs language and linguistics (6 ECTS - Year 1)
- Methods of authorship analysis (6 ECTS - Year 1)
- Language of Government and business (6 ECTS - Year 2)
- Tutorial: Current issues in Forensic Linguistics (9 ECTS - Year 2)
National research schools (min. 10 ECTS)
All research Master's students enroll with a Humanities National Research School at the start of the first year of their study. The Graduate School of Humanities organizes this enrolment. Students then choose from the programmes of a National Research School a selection of courses, masterclasses, summer or winter schools of at least 10 ECTS.
Individual study programme (max. 30 ECTS)
A large portion of the study programme is reserved for individual choice. This way you can develop a tailor made study programme together with you mentor. You can choose for a stay at an another university or research institute in the Netherlands or abroad, or an internship, for tutorials, or specific skill trainings, combined with participation in conferences, workshops and the graduate lectures & seminars of the Graduate School of Humanities. You are also free to choose (a maximum of 5) linguistics Master's courses.
Thesis (30 ECTS)
To complete your two-year programme you will write a Master’s thesis on a research project that you will carry out yourself. The thesis is an original scholarly piece of writing that makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of a linguistic issue. It contains clear argumentation, effectively supported by references to relevant literature and can serve as proof of your potential as a researcher. Students who will choose Human Language Technology, are offered the possibility to combine their thesis with an internship in research or at the language industry.
A JOB AS... A RESEARCHER, A TEACHER, AN EDITOR...
Your most likely prospect after completing your Research Master’s is to set up your own research programme as a PhD student. This involves carrying out research under the guidance of a supervisor, and writing a PhD thesis on the subject.
You can also embark on a career at a research institute outside of the academic setting. There are many research institutes eager to welcome researchers schooled in qualitative and quantitative research.
But you can also embark on a career outside the field of research, for instance as an editor, a language policy worker in education for a local or national government, or a teacher.
AND AS A SPECIALIST IN HUMAN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY …
Human Language Technology is rapidly developing field of research. In linguistic research a firm background in language technology is extremely valuable for your future career in academia. In addition, the language industry is very keen on linguists with a technical background. Being a graduate of the CLTL will certainly boost your chances for a career in linguistics or language technology.
AND AS A FORENSIC LINGUIST...
As an expert in Forensic Linguistics, you have built up a unique expertise to find employment within government bodies, such as the ministry of justice or a forensic institute. Commercial companies are also often in need of linguists with a technical background. Being a graduate in Forensic Linguistics, especially if you have taken courses in language technology, will certainly increase your opportunities at finding a job in a related field.
Why VU Amsterdam?
STUDY LANGUAGE STYSTEMS AND LANGUAGE USE IN A SMALL-SCALE, RESEARCH-ORIENTED MASTER'S
The Research Master's in Linguistics (Research) is a small-scale programme at VU Amsterdam, which makes it easy to get to know the different lecturers and their areas of expertise.
Focus on research
You will be involved in the activities of the research group from the very beginning (all lecturers are involved in research in the field of Linguistics). You are invited to take part in their monthly research meetings, where they take turns presenting their research activities and engaging in discussion.
Choose for liberty of choice or for a set programme
The Research Master’s in Linguistics leaves it up to you: you either take the core courses and make your own choices regarding the optional courses that you take (if you wish to construct your own specialization) or you take the core courses in combination with one of the two set specializations (Linguistic Engineering or Forensic Linguistics).
National graduate school
VU Amsterdam participates in LOT, the Dutch national graduate school in linguistics. Every year, LOT organizes a winter school and a summer school with a variety of courses that you can follow.
Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
Specific admission requirements for the research Master’s Programme Linguistics
Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics in order to be considered for admission to the programme. Furthermore, in order to be admitted directly we require a full Bachelor’s degree in linguistics and an average grade of at least 7.5.
You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. Only students who have completed a full high school/International Baccalaureate (IB) in English or bachelor’s degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia may be exempted. You can apply online without having the test results. In case you haven’t taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:
- TOEFL score (score 600 paper based with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE, score 250 computer based or score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests).
- IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
- Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C, or Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C.
If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.
Step 1: Meet admission criteria
Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.
- Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Motivation Letter
- Transcript of records
- Thesis (or another sample of academic writing, at least 5 pages plus a list of used literature)
- A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education and a list of all the main literature
After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.
Step 3: Await decision on admission
The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!
Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation what to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at VU Amsterdam!
Overview Humanities Research: Linguistics.
- Language of instruction: English
- Duration: 2 years
- Application deadline: 1 June for Dutch and EU-students. 1 April for non-EU-students.
- Start date: 1 September
- Study type: Full-time
- Specializations: Human Language Technology and Forensic Linguistics
- Field of interest: Language and Communication