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MA in General Linguistics


Radboud University Masters Programmes

Full time September, February MA

About the course

Master's specialisation in Linguistics: General Programme

The course prepares you to become a competent linguist who has an understanding of a wide array of topics ranging from how people learn and use language to how the brain processes language and how language and people influence each other.

The General Linguistics Master’s at Radboud University offers a wide range of advanced topics in fields as diverse as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, second language learning, language description, language testing and linguistic diversity. All our courses offer a nice mix of theoretical and practical knowledge: courses situate insights from linguistic and language acquisition theory within the context of everyday communication and contemporary language use.

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Entry Requirements

1.A completed Bachelor's degree in Linguistics or Language
2.A proficiency in English:
a.A TOEFL score of ≥600 (paper based) or ≥100 (internet based)
b.An IELTS score of ≥7.0 and ≥6.5 (writing)
c. A Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a grade of C or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a grade of C
d.A Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture from a research university


Fees

€2,143 (from EEA countries); €11,471 (from non-EEA countries).

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Student Profile(s)

Carol Alves

1645.jpg A world in the linguistics field

Languages have always amazed me, and during my college days, I realized that the field of Linguistics makes it possible to further study, analyze and appreciate them. During my undergraduate studies, I began working as an intern in the linguistics program at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, a Brazilian federal research institute. Through this work experience, I decided to become a professional linguist. While in the Goeldi Museum, I learned that the Centre for Languages Studies (CLS) at Radboud University has a strong profile in the studying of South America Languages. Straight away, my attention was driven to Radboud, where I enrolled in the master's program in linguistics.
It was the first time I experienced a long period of studying abroad. Coming from a town in Amazonia, Nijmegen amazed in many ways. Particularly, I think the small size of the city increases its charm. Its gentle and open-minded people, safety, tranquility and convenience are very appropriate to build an educational environment. Additionally, living in Nijmegen was a completely multicultural experience, since I have got in touch with people from almost all around the globe.
I count myself as fortunate to be given the opportunity to study with some of the premier linguists of Europe. The design of the master's program presents a broad view of possibilities in the field of language science; it showed me an entire world in the linguistics field. The master's program offers courses, which address a large range of issues such as typological linguistics, description of tonal languages, application of methods and theories to language description, study of gestures and sign languages, second language acquisition, multilingualism, language contact, variation and change, and cognitive processes of language(s) in the brain, among others. There is also the chance to be an intern in one of the associated institutions (Max Planck and Donders Institutes) or beyond, which promotes a challenging experience in a real job atmosphere. The master's program sharpened my interest for understanding language as a whole, although I have a special interest and personal connection with indigenous and minority languages.
The courses of this initial part of my graduation studies fuelled my aim to continue my education with a Ph.D. As for my future, I want to devote myself to the scientific development of my region in Brazil and to a linguistic research career on Amazon languages.


Anita Slonimska

‘My sister studied at Radboud University and she told me that the Linguistics programme was really good. She also told me about the University Sports Centre. There are more than 70 sports on offer and – not unimportant – it’s affordable! It may seem superficial but the Sports Centre was the main reason I chose to come to Nijmegen. Studying can be stressful and sports is a great way to feel better. When I need an energy boost I go kickboxing, but to relax I prefer Pilates. Student life on the Radboud campus is much more than studying from morning to evening: sports, cultural events and social gatherings. Here you are part of a community.'


Sanne Hoffman

'In the future I hope to revisit at least two of my favourite subjects: German and dialects.'
Sanne completed the Bachelor's programme in German Language and Culture and is currently enrolled in the German Linguistics track of the Master's programme in Linguistics

"Thanks to the minors I chose during my German Bachelor's programme I discovered the world of linguistics. For instance, I took the general Linguistics minor and the more specific Language Development minor, in which I focused on accents and dialects.

Not many of the German Linguistics Master's programme courses are in German, but they offer some interesting new insights. The course ‘Feste Wendungen', for instance, goes into topics that were not addressed in the Bachelor's programme. I also chose the English-taught Language and Society course. This course focuses on dialects, which is nicely in line with my specialisation.

Soon I will start an internship at the Huis voor de Kunsten (House of Arts) in Roermond and help build a corpus of spoken Limburgish. I will interview and record speakers of the Limburg dialect across the province of Limburg. The recordings are compared at a phonological level, contributing to a complete image of the various dialects of Limburg.

As I want to enrol in the academic teacher training programme after this Master's I have to earn enough credits for German-taught courses, which is why I am also taking a course in German Literature. Obtaining my postgraduate teaching degree is a new step; next year I want to find out whether teaching suits me. In the future I hope to revisit at least two of my favourite subjects: German and dialects."


Elena Plekhova

"a fascinating study environment"
A couple of years ago I wasn't even thinking of studying in the Netherlands. I had no idea that this country offers a wide choice of Master programmes in English. However, luckily my home university in Russia became a member of the Eranet-Mundus consortium and breathtaking opportunities opened up. When I was studying information about European universities, the Netherlands captured my attention for a number of reasons: study programmes in English, one-year Master's and the excellent quality of research.

Radboud University Nijmegen seemed to provide a fascinating study environment: competent staff, modern facilities (classrooms, IT, library, sports centre) and an international atmosphere. When I arrived I wasn't disappointed. I immersed myself in a variety of activities for newly arrived international students. I managed to learn a lot of things about the country and the university and made new friends. Nijmegen turned out to be a cosy student town where there are nice places to go out and spend your time with new international friends.

If you are a linguist like me, Radboud University Nijmegen is a good place for you as the level of education is high and the professors are very knowledgeable about the field. You can participate in research groups in the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) while doing your internship and writing the thesis. The pride of the department is the partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics where you can take courses and attend colloquiums and seminars.

Apart from intensive educational activities, entertainment is an indispensible part of Dutch culture. The only thing you need is to find the right balance between studying and partying. Thus, when I hear the expression ‘culture shock' I have no idea what to say. If you stay here, you simply don't have time in your busy agenda to start thinking about it.

To sum up, I believe the education at Radboud University Nijmegen will help me in my future career as I have become more competitive in the international employment market.


Kirsten Krijgsman

"I've always found linguistics the most interesting part of my training."
Kirsten earned her Bachelor's degree in English Language and Culture and is now taking the English Linguistics programme as part of the Master's programme in Linguistics.

"I chose English Linguistics because I've always found linguistics the most interesting part of my training. This Master's programme also fits in well with my Bachelor's, and because I enjoy living in Nijmegen it made sense for me to continue my studies here. The subjects are all very interesting, the lecturers are helpful, and students get the support they need. I hope to complete my Master's in one year, so I chose to take six subjects in the first semester. This seems like a lot, but at least it gives me time in the second semester to focus on my thesis.

For my thesis I'm hoping to expand on the topic of one my papers on verbs & declaring, a very interesting topic that hasn't been researched much yet. What I'd like to do after my thesis? I really enjoy translating; that might be something I'd like to do in the future."


Yvonne van Beek

"One great thing about all the different specialisations is the large number of international students"
After completing her Bachelor's programme in Dutch Languages and Culture at Radboud University, Yvonne chose the Master's programme in Dutch Linguistics.

"I've always wanted to teach Dutch and so I went looking for something that would give me a broader background in the Dutch language. I chose the Dutch Language and Culture degree programme. After completing my Master's in Linguistics, I'd still like to do the Master's programme in Education so that I can go into teaching.

The standards of the Master's programme are high, but it's all doable. I particularly like the courses Dutch as a Second Language and Language and Society: variation and diversity. I chose the course Language and Speech Pathology as my elective.

One great thing about all the different specialisations in the Linguistics Master's programmes is the large number of international students. It's a great way to get in touch with and learn about other languages and cultures.

I planned my Master's in such a way that I'm only doing one subject right now, so that I can really focus on my thesis. I'm conducting a study on second language acquisition: Dutch among Moroccan and Turkish women and men. I plan to finish this summer, so that I can start my Master's in Education in September.

I would still like to teach, but learning problems in children, such as dyslexia, also really interest me, so this is something that I might also like to focus on in the future."


Anastasiia Vaskiv

"Higher education in the Netherlands is known for its top quality"
Anastasiia earned her Master's degree in English Philology in her home country Ukraine, and is now enrolled in the general programme of the Master's programme in Linguistics.

"The Master's I did in Ukraine was really interesting, but, apart from English Philology, it was also focused on teacher training. After completing that programme, I wanted to concentrate solely on research in Linguistics, namely Psycholinguistics and Ethnolinguistics, and that's why I came to Radboud University.

Higher education in the Netherlands is known for its top quality, so I didn't have any doubts as to where I wanted to go on with my studies. I was extremely happy when I heard I'd been admitted. So far, I've really enjoyed my stay and I've learned a lot: the standards are high and the lecturers expect a lot from you.

I'm currently doing an internship at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, which I find great for my academic development. In the future, I'd like to get a PhD - preferably here in the Netherlands, since I'm impressed by the quality of research being done here and the country in all respects."



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