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Linguistics (research) (MA)

Required documents

When you apply for admission, you’ll be asked to submit several documents.

Note: If you have a Dutch diploma that grants direct admission, you will generally not be asked to submit additional documents.


Required application documents

You’ll need to submit the following documents:

Please upload a copy of the page(s) in your passport containing your personal details and photograph. If you are from the EU/EEA, you can submit a copy of your identity card instead. Please upload copies of both sides.

If you are a non-EU/EEA national already living in the Netherlands, upload copies of both sides of your Dutch residence permit.

Your CV (curriculum vitae) must be written in English and should contain your basic personal data, as well as a clear overview of your educational and professional history to date.

You can apply for admission before receiving the results of your English language test. However, a sufficient result will then be a condition of your eventual admission. Of course, if you already have your English language test results, you can upload them directly.

  • Digital copies of diplomas and transcripts are initially required. Once you have been admitted, we will inform you how to submit certified copies.
  • The documents must be in the original language. If they are not in English, Dutch, German or French, they must be accompanied by official translations into one of these languages.
  • If you have not yet completed your current programme, state your expected graduation date and submit copies of all transcripts obtained to date plus an official list of subjects still to be completed.

Additional requirements specific to Linguistics (research)

You are required to upload additional information: 1) about your acquired knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of the Master’s programme you are applying for and 2) about your acquired general academic skills. You can upload this format Questionnaire Master Application.

  • You can check the programme specific requirements regarding knowledge, understanding and skills on the Admission Requirements page. 
  • The format includes the list of general academic skills which the candidate must possess in order to be admitted to the Master’s programme at the Faculty of Humanities.
  • You can contact the coordinator of studies for further questions about the questionnaire. 

This programme requires two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from an academic member of staff. 

All applicants are required to submit a Research Proposal of approximately 500 words. The proposal should contain information about the research plan of the candidate for the research they plan to carry out at Leiden University (e.g. for the ResMA thesis). The Research Proposal is not binding (the candidate can change the topic or field during her ResMA study), it primarily serves the purpose of giving an indication of the candidate’s suitability for linguistic research.

Guidelines for writing the Research Proposal:

  1. Specify the topic or the field of research that you wish to pursue at Leiden University
  2. Motivate your choice of the topic or field of research, also with reference to previous studies on the topic and your own background
  3. Provide a short description of the research methodology you would like to implement
  4. Include a bibliography of at least five (5) items relevant for the research topic
  5. Include the names of one or two faculty members who could possibly guide the proposed research, and a list of courses you will take at Leiden University that would help you to achieve your research goals

Your motivation and suitability for your chosen specialization should be demonstrated by a well-argued and structured motivation letter in which you indicate why you want to follow the programme and convincingly discusses what makes you a good candidate for the research MA programme. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.

  • Letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead paper, signed and (for verification purposes) they must bear the full contact details of the applicable referee.
  • Your referee should describe your skills, qualities and competencies.

Option 1. Uploading the letter yourself
You can upload the letter(s) of recommendation in the online application portal (uSis).

Option 2. Sent by your referee
Your referee can send the letter directly to the university, as follows:

1. Your referee must clearly state your name and student number in the letter.
2. He or she should send the letter to us, either: 

  • digitally, by uploading the letter in our contact form
  • by posting it to:

Leiden University Admissions Office
“Gravensteen” Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden, the Netherlands

3. Complete this form and upload it in the online application system (uSis), instead of your letter of recommendation.

>> Go to the next step: Step 4: Start your application

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