Linguistics (research)

2 Jahre

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Application deadline: EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake) Non - EU/EEA students: 1 April (September intake); 15 October (February intake)

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Linguistics (Research) 

The Master's in Linguistics (Research) at Leiden University combines an expansive curriculum with leading expertise and a flexible programme format. The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is an institute with a long - standing international reputation for excellence.

Our two - year research master's capitalises on this expertise. Choose from the largest selection of languages offered in Continental Europe and an exceptional range of linguistic approaches including comparative, historical, descriptive, theoretical, experimental and formal. Explore sub - fields including p honetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse, or pragmatics.

Small classes ensure you have plenty of direct contact with your lecturers and a high - level of guidance and support throughout your studies.

An important aspect of this program me is developing your ability to conduct original and innovative research. Join international peers at conferences, workshops and lecture series, all of which will help you forge an outstanding start to your career.

Curriculum and Overview

The structure of the Linguistics research MA enables you to acquire academic knowledge and skills and train you in the use of scientific methods in general and to your chosen specialisation. During your studies you w ill follow:

  • Two core courses: one will introduce you to the cutting - edge research of leading scholars in linguistic sub - disciplines present at Leiden University, and the research methods employed in them, while the other provides overviews of the structure of five non - European languages by experts working on languages all over the world.
  • Two short topics courses taught by experienced researchers on recent developments in the field.
  • Courses from Summer and Winter Schools of the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT).
  • Electives from any of the specialisations within the Master's in Linguistics programme with a worth of 50 EC (of the 120 EC). You may also replace an elective course with an internship in a research project or at an organisati on. 
  • A thesis based on original research.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus: 

Job and Career prospects

As a graduate of the research - based Master's in Linguistics, you are qualified to pursue a wide range of careers.

Our graduates pursue careers at research agencies or in the research departments of companies or government organisations. Ma ny enter PhD programmes at Leiden or another top university abroad. Outside of research, your knowledge of linguistics and a dvanced analytical and problem - solving skills can be applied within a range of vocations, from publishing and translating to teaching.

Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include:

  • PhD candidate
  • Junior advisor at an institute for linguistic research and language teaching
  • Editor at a publishing house
  • Freelance translator
  • Consular officer at a ministry of foreign affairs 
  • Technical writer
  • Content manager, editor, translator at NGO's
  • Translator within EU organisations
  • Author of digital educational materials 
  • Research assistant at an university in Canada
  • Project manager at a translation agency
  • Teacher at a secondary school

Do you want to apply for this programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by-step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away fr om difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded an d critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

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