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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


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.


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.”


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

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