Master in Linguistics (Research)
The Research Master’s in Linguistics is a two-year program which will enable you to develop into a professional researcher. The program deals with linguistics in its broadest sense. All students take a general course in the field of linguistic research in the first year. The course, appropriately called Linguistic Research, is taught by three or four lecturers, each of whom lectures on the history of research in the field of linguistics from the perspective of their own specialization and on the methods and techniques used in their individual fields.
In addition, you will select an area in which you wish to specialize. During the program, you will choose four courses from a list of available Master’s courses. You will base your choice on your own interests and the specialization that you wish to pursue. Our areas of expertise include not only phonology and syntax but also subjects such as textual and/or genre analysis, anthropological linguistics, applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics. The program is taught in English.
The program in a nutshell
This two-year program trains you as a researcher in theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, and applied language and communication studies. The program contains a set of core courses in these areas which all students follow, but at the same time, it allows you to specialize in one of the three main research themes of the Department of Language and Communication, namely Language, Cognition and Communication, Language Acquisition, and Language Documentation. The researchers working within these departmental themes are all affiliated to interfaculty research institutes within the VU. As a result, a lot of attention is paid to the relations between linguistics, the cognitive sciences, anthropology, communication theory, and education. There is also a strong emphasis on learning how to use various methods of linguistic research (corpus-based research, fieldwork, native speaker intuitions, experiments, and linguistic modeling).
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 program as a Ph.D. student. This involves carrying out research under the guidance of a supervisor and writing a Ph.D. 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.
International students and students with a foreign Bachelor/Master degree
If you would like to start a Master’s program at the Faculty of Arts, you can apply using our online application system (follow this link). The departmental Examination Board will decide upon your admission after having officially reviewed and evaluated your diplomas/degrees. Diplomas unknown by the board will be assessed by the master coordinator in cooperation with the NUFFIC.
For general admission requirements, please check the information on the main VU website. In order to be admitted directly, we require a full Bachelor’s degree in linguistics and an average grade of minimally 7.5.
You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. Only students who have completed a full high school or bachelor’s degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia may be exempted. We require a TOEFL score (score 600 paper-based, score 250 computer- based or score 100 internet-based) or an IELTS score (score 7.0).
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