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Linguistics (specialisation) (MA)

About the programme

Within the programme for the Linguistics specialisation you can choose one of the suggested thematic or disciplinary routes, or you may be given the possibility to design your own thematic or disciplinary route, according to your specific interests. The programme prepares you for a career in growing areas like speech technology, artificial intelligence, education, language documentation, language policy or intercultural communication, and management consulting.

Programme structure

The programme for the Linguistics specialisation comprises 60 EC, to be completed in one year. At the start of the programme you will either choose one of the ready-made thematic or disciplinary routes through the programme, or be given the possibility to create one according to your individual interests (pending approval by the Exam Committee). Ready-made thematic or disciplinary routes are:

  • Language Description and Documentation
  • Theoretical Linguistics
  • Language and Communication
  • Language Processing and Cognition
  • Theoretical Approaches to Linguistic Diversity
  • Comparative Indo-European Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics

The programme structure is as follows:

  • Core linguistics courses: 20 EC
  • Electives: 20 EC
  • MA thesis: 20 EC (including a 5 EC methods course )

More information about the programme and specific courses you may choose will follow in mid October. If you would like to recieve a notification, please leave us your details.

In order to gain work experience or to explore the professional field, you can do an internship (10 ECTS credits) as part of your studies through the Career Service of the Humanities faculty. Within the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, there is a possibility to do an internship at one of the Experimental Linguistics Labs, or to exploring the world of scientific research together with an experienced researcher through an individual project.

The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis (20 EC), which reflects your thematic or disciplinary route.

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Self-study
  • Fieldwork
  • Internship
  • Exams
  • Peer feedback and assessment
  • Essays and reports
  • Oral presentations
  • MA thesis

Detailed programme

For a detailed programma, see the e-Prospectus. Please note that the e-Prospecuts shows a provisional programme and list of courses.

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Claartje Levelt


Claartje Levelt

"Studying linguistics always involves critical assessment: do the data confirm my hypothesis, what kind of data are necessary to distinguish between competing theories, what is the best way to set up an experiment that will provide informative data? How solid are the arguments presented in the existing literature? It really sharpens the mind!"

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