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Modern Languages (MA)

Chinese Language and Linguistics

Chinese Linguistics at Leiden University offers you an excellent opportunity to concentrate on the different aspects of the languages of China, especially their sounds and syntax.

Focus on the different Chinese languages

During the Chinese Linguistics programme you will gain knowledge in language variation: in all courses we look beyond Mandarin, both diachronically and synchronically. You will learn to understand the different languages of China from their phonetic-phonology aspects as well as their syntactic aspects.

Benefit from our long-standing expertise in Chinese linguistics

You will join a master's programme with a strong tradition in and focus on Chinese linguistics. Leiden University has been teaching Chinese since 1855, with the first professor exclusively for Chinese appointed in 1877. Leiden is also one of the very few  universities outside China with four linguists working on Chinese Linguistics.

Study programme

For an overview of the Chinese Language and Linguistics study programme, please check the Prospectus.

Admission requirements

To see if you are eligible for this master’s programme, please check the Modern Languages Admission Requirements.

Apply now

Have you already made your choice? You can apply directly via the Modern Lanugages Application pages.  

Please note: you cannot apply separately for the specialisation ‘Chinese Language and Linguistics’, as it is part of the ‘Modern Languages’ specialisation. When you start your application you will first need to select ‘MA Linguistics’ (CROHO code: 60815). When asked for a specialisation, select ‘Modern Languages’. Studielink will automatically direct you to uSis (Leiden University’s online application portal) within 2 or 3 working days.


Do you have questions about studying Chinese Language and Linguistics at Leiden University? Get in touch with our study advisor.

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