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Modern Languages (MA)

German Language and Linguistics

German Language and Linguistics at Leiden University offers in-depth knowledge of German linguistic theory and practice.

Focus on your area of interest

When you study German Language and Linguistics at Leiden University you will be encouraged you to explore your own ideas and research plans – whether your preferences are linguistic theory, fieldwork or psycholinguistic experiments. You will not only acquire a high level of fluency in German, but you will also gain skills that are highly valued in the job market, preparing you for a future career in academia or professions that require strong German communication skills, organisational abilities, and didactic and/or academic skills.

Develop your research skills

During this programme you will gain a broad and deep knowledge of the empirical, theoretical, and experimental approaches to linguistics. You will also learn to transfer your ideas into concrete research proposals with the support of experienced tutors, or contribute to the research conducted at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL).

A flexible curriculum

The curriculum of the master’s programme in German Language and Linguistics allows you to combine courses from the programme with other master’s courses offered at the Faculty of Humanities.

Study programme

For an overview of the German 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 Languages Application pages.  

Please note: you cannot apply separately for the specialisation ‘German 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 German Language and Linguistics at Leiden University? Get in touch with our study advisor.

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