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Modern Languages (MA) (from September 2019)

The programme for the Modern Languages specialisation is a one-year programme within the masters's degree in Linguistics at Leiden University. In the course of the programme you will be able to focus on one of four modern languages: English, French, German or Italian. The programme equips you with unique skills relevant to a career in academia, teaching, writing and communications.

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Why study Modern Languages?

The programme for the Modern Languages specialisation allows you to focus in one of the following languages: English, French, German or Italian. In addition to studying one of these languages from a number of perspectives, you will be able to improve both your linguistic and your language skills. In this specialisation you can focus on second language learning and bilingualism, or dive deeper into your language of specialisation by combining linguistics with literary studies on your language of choice. There may also be a possibility of choosing other linguistics courses offered within the programme of the master's degree in Linguistics.

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Modern Languages at Leiden University

  • Focus on the language of your interest: English, French, German or Italian.
  • Choose one of the ready-made thematic or disciplinary routes, Second Language Learning and Language and Literature, or make use of the possibility to create your own thematic or disciplinary route to match your specific interests.
  • Gain professional experience by doing an individual research project with a staff member, or an internship as part of your programme.
  • Become part of the linguistics community at Leiden University by attending events such as the MA Linguistics colloquium, Linguistic Movie Nights, or by becoming involved in the T.W.I.S.T.  study association for BA and MA linguistics students in Leiden.

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Modern Languages: the right master’s programme for you?

The programme for the Modern Languages specialisation is aimed at students who are interested in the linguistic structure of  a specific modern language (English, French, German or Italian). You might also be interested in second language learning, or in combining linguistics with literary studies of your language of choice. These options are an excellent preparation for a subsequent educational master.

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Spanish and Portuguese linguistics

Are you interested in Spanish or Portuguese linguistics? Please visit the website for Latin American Studies.

Linguistics Degree

Modern Languages at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of Linguistics. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in Linguistics, with a specialization in Modern Languages and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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