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English Language and Linguistics (MA)

Join a classroom of ambitious and international students for your master's programme in English Language and Linguistics at Leiden University.

Please note: From September 2019 the programme will consist of the following three specialisations in which you will be able to focus on your area of interest:

Study the most international language

English in its many shapes and forms is the most international language in the world. It has become an international lingua franca. It is in the process evolving into many new variants spoken and written in different cultures all over the world. All of this makes the English language a highly interesting field of academic interest.

Focus on language usage around the world

The master in English Language and Linguistics focuses on English language usage and linguistics around the world, including in countries where English is spoken as a second language or as part of a mixed language.

Study the English language in its various forms

During your studies you will delve deeply into the English language in its various forms. You will learn about the different cultural and historical circumstances in which the language has developed, and continues to develop. A comparative and global approach to learning incorporates theoretical comparisons with other languages –linguistically, culturally, historically, psychologically, and sociologically.

Choose from specialised topics

You will be able to choose from a wide range of specialised courses and research topics, both theoretical and applied and often related to ongoing research projects. You will also apply various aspects of linguistic theory to the description of the facts of English, with a particular emphasis on the earlier stages of the language, such as Old and Middle English, as well as Early and Late Modern English.

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