Worldwide there is an extremely large amount of digitally available text, yet it is hard to find the right piece of information that is relevant for a specific situation.
There is a fast-growing need for specialists that can apply text mining, turn it into a product and exploit the results in industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
This Master’s programme offers advanced students a scientific challenge, as well as a great opportunity to apply their field competence in a rapidly growing field of science and industry.
The Master’s programme Text Mining is open for application to students with an academic Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in Linguistics.
Students who do not have a Bachelor’s Linguistics degree and wish to enroll for the Master Text Mining are invited to submit a request to the Faculty’s Admissions Board. In response to this request, the Admissions Board will indicate what knowledge, skills and insights the student must have in order to be admitted to the programme.
The knowledge, skills, and insights the student must have in order to be admitted to the programme includes knowledge of linguistic concepts in the fields of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and language variation; the ability to observe and analyze phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic structures in typologically different languages; and insights into the role of linguistics in language therapy, language counselling, language policy and in other social contexts. This knowledge, skills and insights can be acquired in, for instance, a course Introduction to Linguistics of an academic bachelor's programme.
The Faculty’s Admissions Board will review whether you meet the admission requirements.
English language requirements
Students applying for a Master’s degree programme should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level.
The proficiency requirement in English can be met by the successful completion of one of the examinations mentioned below, with the scores indicated. Only students who have completed a full high school/International Baccalaureate in English or Bachelor’s degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia may be exempted.
- Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C, or Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C
- IELTS: 7.0 overall band score, with a minimum of 6.5 on each item
- TOEFL score:
paper based: 600, with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE
internet based: 100, with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests
Please note: tests must have been completed no more than two years before the start of the programme.
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.
You can find all information on the application procedure on the Admission and Language Requirements page.
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
On behalf of the Examinations Board, the Faculty’s Admissions Board will review your application. 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.
Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. On the Admission and Language Requirements page 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 Linguistics: Text Mining.
- Language of instruction: English
- Duration: 1 year
- Application deadline: 1 June for Dutch and EU-students. 1 April for non-EU-students.
- Start date: 1 September
- Study type: Full-time
- Field of interest: Computer Science, Mathematics and Business, Language and Communication