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MA in Linguistics and Communication Sciences (Research)

Radboud University Masters Programmes

Full time September MA Full-time: 2 years

About the course

The programme is organised by the Centre of Language Studies. Within this research institute, language and communication specialists from Radboud University and the University of Tilburg work closely together. You will also be able to follow a number of lectures in Tilburg. Our programme is known to be challenging, but it also offers students a very large degree of choice.

Real language in real-life situations

Whenever we use language we are involved in communicating. How does this work and why is there miscommunication? How does language fit together and how do we learn to understand each other's language? This is the central theme of this unique programme. It is unique because language and communication are treated as a single unit with each field complementing the other. The programme is

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Entry Requirements

1.A completed Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies, in Linguistics, in a modern language or a related area.
2. Grade average during the second and third years of your BA studies was at least a 7.5 or more.
3.A proficiency in English:
a.A TOEFL score of ≥600 (paper based) or ≥100 (internet based)
b.An IELTS score of ≥7.0
c.Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
4.Strong motivation letter


€2,143 (from EEA countries); €9,124(from non-EEA countries).

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Student Profile(s)

Griet Coupé

"I'm now in my second PhD year at Nijmegen and I’m very happy here. This is a great place to work. I love being able to build extensive corpora at the same time as extending the theory of language change.

I’m part of a small team that’s putting together a corpus of mediaeval and early modern Dutch texts. Our goal is to discover how syntactic change in this period was influenced by immigration and dialect contact, and which dialect forms eventually made their way into Standard Dutch. We collect official texts, supplemented by letters and diaries, and graph sentence structures. Then we try to find a theoretical explanation for the changes we plot over time. Sometimes the results can be quite unexpected.

My own research focuses on the development of verb clusters and the various sequences in which they occur. I'm beginning to see a pattern emerging, and it's very exciting. So far, we are the first team to have done historical linguistic research on such a large scale and we hope our work will deliver valuable insights into the dynamics of language change.

The social and intellectual interaction in our tightly knit group is great. We exchange ideas and we have a lot of fun. What's

Hanneke Hoogwegt

"I did my BA in business communication and digital media at Tilburg. I chose a Research Master’s programme because of the emphasis on critical and analytical skills, which I believe will give me an advantage whatever direction I decide to follow in the future.

The study load is substantial, but we’re all highly motivated and driven to succeed. I'm taking a major in Communication and Information Science and a minor in Language Variation and Acquisition. I like the degree of freedom the Master’s programme offers – there are plenty of options, and you can determine your own thesis topic.

I intend to investigate comprehension skills among semi-literate people. The context is information on HIV/AIDS and my research will take place in South Africa. My job is to check how people cognitively process visuals.

We often make assumptions, for example that people read from left to right, which is not necessarily the case. In my project, I hope to identify optimal ways of presenting visuals so that future public information campaigns can be more effective. I have a very helpful supervisor who's enthusiastic about the project and immediately sends me information whenever he finds something that’s relevant to it.”

Wessel Stoop

'The research master Language & Communication is is a programme anybody will like; besides a set of programme-specific courses (a number of which were among the best I've ever followed), you're mostly free to pick courses from all other master's programmes. That is, you can compose your own dream programme! For example, while in my first year I focussed on theoretical and historical linguistics, in my second year I could switch to computational linguistics without any problems.

This switch led to a number of cool projects, like spelling corrector ( a Twitter correction bot (, and word predictor Soothsayer ( And best of all, before I even finished the programme I had a number of job offers to choose from."


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