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Modern Languages (MA)

About the programme

The programme for the Modern Languages specialisation is a one-year programme in which you can choose to focus on one of five language themes, or a combination thereof: Chinese Linguistics, English Linguistics, French Linguistics, German Linguistics or Italian Linguistics. The programme prepares you for a wide and diverse range of careers in academia, teaching, writing and communications.

Programme structure

The programme for the Modern Languages specialisation comprises 60 EC, to be completed in one year. At the start of the programme you will choose courses (20 EC) related to the language of your specialisation:

These courses are taught in the language of specialisation (except for Chinese) and have specific language-level entry requirements.

The programme is structured as follows:

  • Linguistics courses on the language of your specialisation: 20 EC
  • Electives: 20 EC
  • MA thesis: 20 EC

Electives

As part of your programme you can choose to focus on Second Language Learning, choose courses from the MA Literary Studies on the language of your specialisation, or choose from other courses in the MA Linguistics (pending approval from the Board of Examiners). An internship or an individual project with a staff member is also possible.

Detailed programme

Chinese
Course EC
Comparative Asian Linguistics 10
Sinographics: Chinese writing and writing Chinese 10
MA Thesis Linguistics 20
Statistics in Linguistics 5
Second Language Acquisition 10
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics 5
The Communicative Mind: Investigating the Interplay between Language and Social Cognition 10
Individual Project (FGW) 10
Experimental Phonetics 10
Individual Project (FGW) 10
English
Course EC
English Word Formation 10
Sociolinguistics 10
English Historical Linguistics 10
MA Thesis Linguistics 20
Second Language Acquisition 10
Statistics in Linguistics 5
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics 5
The Communicative Mind: Investigating the Interplay between Language and Social Cognition 10
Individual Project (FGW) 10
French
Course EC
Focus, fond et mise en relief : la structure de l’information en français 10
L'expression de la quantité en français 10
La recherche expérimentale 10
MA Thesis Linguistics 20
Second Language Acquisition 10
Statistics in Linguistics 5
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics 5
The Communicative Mind: Investigating the Interplay between Language and Social Cognition 10
Individual Project (FGW) 10
German
Course EC
The World on Paper: Writing and Writing Systems 10
The Psychology of Language 10
MA Thesis Linguistics 20
Second Language Acquisition 10
Statistics in Linguistics 5
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics 5
The Communicative Mind: Investigating the Interplay between Language and Social Cognition 10
Individual Project (FGW) 10
Italian
Course EC
Italian philology: editing texst in Italian 10
Aspects of contemporary Italian 10
Italiano L2 e metodi per l’apprendimento dell’italiano come L2 10
MA Thesis Linguistics 20
Second Language Acquisition 10
Statistics in Linguistics 5
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics 5
The Communicative Mind: Investigating the Interplay between Language and Social Cognition 10
Individual Project (FGW) 10

Prospectus

For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus.

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

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.

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.”

Dedication

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

Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's Programme?

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