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German Language and Linguistics (MA)

About the programme

During the German Language and Linguistics programme you will acquire knowledge of the most recent theoretical and research developments in this area of linguistics.

You will choose four 10 EC courses (or equivalent):

  • Courses 1 & 2: Seminar on German Language and Linguistics.
  • Course 3: Any course offered within the MA Linguistics, a course on a linguistic subject taught in another MA or a course taught within the MA Literary Studies: German Literature and Culture.
  • Course 4: Any course offered within the MA Linguistics, a course on a linguistic subject taught in another MA, a course taught within the MA Literary Studies: German Literature and Culture, a course taught within the national MasterLanguage curriculum or a course taught within an MA Linguistics German Language and Linguistics from another Dutch university.

The MA thesis consists of 20 EC.

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Self-study
  • Internship options
  • Thesis
  • Exams
  • Peer feedback and assessment
  • Essays, reports and final thesis
  • Oral presentations

Combined programme

From 2017-18 you can also choose to study a combined programme of Literary Studies/German courses and Linguistics/German courses:

  • Two courses (20 EC): Literary Studies/German
  • Two courses (20 EC): MA Linguistics/German
  • MA thesis Linguistics (20 EC)

Detailed programme

For a detailed programme, see the e-Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

Jenny Audring

Researcher and University Lecturer

Jenny Audring

“Our alumni find work easily. Schools, businesses and institutions reach out with job offers – even before graduation.”

Ample support

“We provide a focused and research-driven learning environment in which every individual receives ample support and attention.”


“Whether you are a future researcher, teacher or consultant, our enthusiastic lecturers will provide you with dedicated and tailored stimulation, encouragement and support.”

Mark Rutgers


Mark Rutgers

“Many of our master’s students discover the quality of our programmes only after they join us. In the Netherlands, self-promotion is not a big part of our culture, yet Leiden University’s Humanities Faculty ranks alongside the most prestigious universities in the world, and is the established leader in continental Europe. What can our students expect from this programme? An education on par with the world’s best, with teaching by top researchers.”

Alumni: close-knit global community

“Your graduation from a master’s programme marks a new chapter in your relationship with Leiden University. Our alumni community is highly active in terms of network-building and development. They are valued by the university, and we support them with personal and professional development and free use of our facilities such as the Leiden University Library. This close-knit global community offers life-long support for all our former students in terms of reaching goals, maintaining friendships and expanding networks.”

Research: encouraging you to think beyond your own discipline

“Some of the most high-profile humanities research produced today is conducted at Leiden University’s Humanities Faculty. These faculty members are among a handful worldwide who can lay claim to such a depth and breadth of academic expertise. One example is our centre of excellence on Native American cultures, languages and history – a research group that is one of the best in the world. At Leiden, we can offer students expertise in most niche areas of interest. Our faculty members often work together across disciplines, and encourage students to think beyond the limits of their own discipline, which is where the future of innovative research lies.”

Careers: opportunities to develop your talent

Decisions made during your studies have a big impact on your future. We offer you many opportunities to develop your talents both within and outside of the classroom, including internships, study trips abroad, student committees, and minors. These opportunities help define your objectives for after your studies, and equip you with additional skills and experience.”

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