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Linguistics (specialisation) (MA)

Applied Linguistics

The goal of the field of Applied Linguistics is to apply the findings and the techniques from research in linguistics to solve practical language-related problems in society.

Within the theme 'Applied Linguistics' in our program you can focus on one of two such 'problems', namely Forensic Linguistics or Second Language Acquisition. For the direction Forensic Linguistics a combination of the courses Forensic Speech Science, Experimental Phonetics, and Sociolinguistics is recommended, while for Second Language Acquisition, we recommend to combine the similarly named course Second Language Acquisition with Bilingual Acquisition and Sociolinguistics.

Theme coordinator:  Dr. Nivja de Jong

Semester 1


EC Core/Elective
Sociolinguistics 10 Core/Elective

Experimental Phonetics

10 Core/Elective
Second Language Acquisition 10 Core/Elective

Field Methods

5 Elective
Methods in Speech Processing 5 Elective

Statistics in Linguistics

5 Elective
Multilingual The Hague 10 Elective


Semester 2 EC Core/Elective

Forensic Speech Science

10 Core/Elective
Bilingual Acquisition 10 Elective

Qualitative Methods in Linguistics

10 Elective

Methods in Experimental Linguistics

10 Elective

* a 20 EC Thesis is obligatory in the second semester. An internship or an individual project can be arranged as an elective course either in the first or in the second semester.

Detailed programme

For a detailed programma, see the online study guide.

Please note that the Prospectus shows a provisional programme and list of courses.

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