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MA in Linguistics and Communication Sciences (Research)

Radboud University Language and Communication

Full time September MA Full-time: 2 years

About the course

Master's programme in Linguistics and Communication Sciences

The research Master’s programme in Linguistics and Communication Sciences offers a multidisciplinary perspective on how the fields of linguistics and communication studies complement one another. This approach is unique in the Netherlands. This research Master’s programme focuses strongly on empirical research. You’ll study language in real-life situations and use your observations to develop possible theories. Later, you’ll test these theories against everyday reality. In this way, you’ll discover the richness of both language and communication and be well prepared to conduct original research on language-related issues.

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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


€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,000 (from non-EEA countries).

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Student Profile(s)

Inge Stortenbeker

The most important skill I learnt during the ReMa was to conduct research in an independent manner. As a student of the ReMa, you are soon treated as a colleague or co-worker by your teachers and supervisors and you are considered responsible for the time management of your own projects and the quality of the output. You carry responsibility about the course of your studies. Especially during the second year of the Master, I have made important steps towards becoming an independent, self-relying junior researcher. This independent attitude is very useful in the daily activities of my current job.

Another skill useful to my current job was that I learnt how to critically reflect upon research. During several specialisation courses and courses on methodology, we read a wide variety of research papers. We discussed the theoretical background, whether research methods used were appropriate for the aim of the study, and whether results were correctly interpreted. I have gained confidence in reading those papers and, if necessary, make remarks on whatever needs reviewing.

I love to work in academia because it is an incredibly challenging environment where I am stimulated to conduct research that is innovative and societally relevant. I love the independence of conducting research I am interested in, and setting up collaborations that will benefit the quality of work and that underline the relevance of research in the humanities for medical communication.

The relevance of my research for doctor-patient communication is rather straightforward. That is, doctors follow intuitions on how they should communicate with their patients. Empirical evidence as a scientific proof for these intuitions, however, is often lacking. With a Research Master in Linguistics and Communication Sciences, I am hopefully able to contribute to the improvement of doctor-patient relationship by providing insights from language/communication research.


The Radboud Scholarship Programme is a very selective scholarship programme. It offers talented, highly motivated, non-EEA students with outstanding study results the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship for a complete English-taught Radboud University Master’s degree programme.

Scope of the programme
Each year 12 full scholarships and about 25 partial scholarships are awarded within the Radboud Scholarship Programme for the duration of one of the English taught Master's degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint-degree Master's programmes, and the Master's programme in Theology (3year)).

Full scholarships
A full scholarship covers the tuition fee of €16,000/€16,500 and living costs of €10,800 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2021/2022).

Partial scholarships
A partial scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to € 2,168. For example: a grant holder in 2021/2022 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,168, instead of €16,000/€16,500.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full scholarships (tuition and living) and partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)


You will be eligible to apply for a Radboud Scholarship if you:
- hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands
- meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice
- have been (will be) fully admitted to the English-taught Master's degree programme starting 1 September

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme at Radboud University that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae, if you have not already done so for the Master's programme application.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the Master's programme does not imply selection for the scholarship.

Further Information

Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of € 1,250. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately € 192). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of € 1,250. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately € 192) will also be covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

The grant for a two year Master's will be available for both years of study, on the condition that sufficient progress is made and sufficient results have been achieved in the first year. If awarded for the second year, the second grant period will not exceed 11 monthly installments of € 1,250.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~€25000 per year


To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.

Please note that U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands. In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch or European Union citizenship will not be considered.

Application Procedure

For more information please see our website.

Further Information

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Brazilians to follow a study programme at Master's level. The scholarship is available for students from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Vietnam.

Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,168 in 2021/2022). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees


For students from Brazil who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for all Orange Tulip Scholarship Programmes is 1 March. You need to apply for the scholarship via the Nuffic Neso office in your country.  

Please note: you must also have completed your application for admission at Radboud University before 1 March 2020.

Further Information

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Ares (EEA) who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Holland.

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University  and is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American (USA only), Colombian, Taiwanese and Turkish. All Radboud University’s English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the Holland Scholarship (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).

The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies and it will be granted once only, even if you are enrolled in a two year programme.

The Holland Scholarship is not a full scholarship. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000 euros


To be eligible for the Holland Scholarship selection, you

1. are holder of a non-EU/EEA passport and have one of the eligible nationalities (Canadian, American (USA only), Colombian, Taiwanese and Turkish)
2. are due to pay the tuition fee for non-EEA students and are not eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
3. don’t have a degree from a Dutch education institution nor study in the Netherlands already
4. meet the specific requirements for admission to the Master’s Programme of your choice and for enrollment at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

You apply for the scholarship by indicating during your application for admission for a Master’s programme that you wish to apply for a Holland Scholarship. This means that the application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated.

The application deadline for the Holland Scholarship is 1 February 2018. Your application for the scholarship will only be processed if you have completed your application for a Master’s programme before February 1st as well.

You will be informed about the final decision by the International Office with respect to your application for a Holland Scholarship before 15 March 2018.

Further Information

The Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund aims to provide very promising students without sufficient financial means the opportunity to complete one of our (Research-) Master's programmes in the Faculty of Arts. Therefore, each academic year a number of supplementary scholarships are offered to international Masters students from outside the EU/EEA.

In the study year 2017/2018, six supplementary scholarships will be awarded to Radboud Scholarship Programme or Orange Tulip Scholarship recipients from one of the Master's programmes from the Faculty of Arts. The Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund consists of €2500 per student, paid in 10 instalments throughout the academic year. The scholarship will be awarded for the whole duration of the academic studies.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2500 Euros


Eligible students must be from a country outside the EU/EEA, have been admitted to a (Research-) Master`s programme at the Faculty of Arts, and been selected as a candidate for either the Radboud Scholarship Programme or the Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme.

Application Procedure

Application for the Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund is linked to the Radboud Scholarship Programme or Orange Tulip Scholarship. Applications can be completed via our online portal and must be completed before 1 April.

Further Information

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