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  MA in Linguistics and Communication Sciences (Research)


Radboud University    Language and Communication

Full time September MA 2 years full time
Communication & Media Studies (7) Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Linguistics & Classics (23)

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Unleash your passion for language and communication with the MA in Linguistics and Communication Sciences (Research) at Radboud University. This programme delves deep into the intricacies of language, exploring the dynamics of communication and the causes of miscommunication. Through hands-on research experiences and lab rotations, you will develop a unique professional profile tailored to your interests and ambitions. The multidisciplinary approach of this research master's programme sets it apart, offering a blend of linguistics and communication studies that is unparalleled in the Netherlands. You will engage in empirical research, studying language in real-life contexts to formulate and test theories, preparing you to conduct original research on language-related issues. While the primary focus is on preparing for research careers and PhD positions, diverse career paths in Linguistics and Communication Sciences are also within reach. To embark on this exciting academic journey, a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, Communication Studies, or a related field, along with English proficiency, is required. Join us and unlock the boundless possibilities of language and communication.

About the course

Whenever we use language – whether it’s written, spoken or signed – we’re communicating. How does this work, and how and why does miscommunication occur? How does language fit together and how do we learn to understand each other?

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Entry Requirements

In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, Communication Studies or a related area, a proficiency in English and additional requirements may be required. Please note that the Master's programme in Linguistics and Communication Sciences is selective and therefore, has a selection procedure. The Admission Board will evaluate the motivation of each applicant separately.


Fees

The legal tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is €2.530,- and is applicable to EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese students who have not yet obtained a Master’s degree in the Netherlands. Our tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is 17,470 euros.

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Student Profile

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.

Scholarships

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.

Each year, a number of 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 and joint-degree Master's programmes).

A Radboud Scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to the legal fee (EU/EEA) instead of the institutional fee (non-EU/EEA).

Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)

Eligibility

- 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 in the OSIRIS Application system 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 already uploaded these documents for the Master’s programme application, you can upload the same documents again for your scholarship 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.

Deadline
You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of €1,400. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of €1000. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately €210). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme. Costs for insurance are covered by Fulbright.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of €1,400. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of €1000. The costs for a visa and residence permit (approximately €207) will also be fully covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme. Costs for insurance are covered by Fulbright.
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 €1,400.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€15,400 - € 30,800

Eligibility

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

Scholarship applications for 2024-2025 are open and close on Tuesday 10 October 2023 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Applicants are required to have applied separately to Radboud University by 1 January 2024 for admission to the Master’s programme of their choice via the online application procedure, independent of their Fulbright application.

At the time of application or later during the selection process for the Fulbright grant, scholarship candidates must be admitted to an English-taught Master's programme at Radboud University and provide a letter of admission. The Radboud University application process opens 1 October 2023. The application results will be made known at the end of March 2024.


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The NL Scholarship (NLS) will always be combined with the Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP). This means that students applying for the NLS must also apply for the RSP. You can be awarded both the NLS and RSP, or just the RSP. You cannot be awarded just the NLS. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship.

The scholarship amounts to €5,000. The grant is awarded for 1 year and can only be received once. You will receive this in the first year of your study programme. Please note that this is not a full scholarship. The costs of living and studying in the Netherlands are not covered by the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€ 5000

Eligibility

-Hold a non-EU/non-EEA passport.
-Obtained a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands.
-Have been fully admitted to the English-taught Master's programme starting 1 September 2024.
-Have applied for the Radboud Scholarship Programme for 2024-2025, starting 1 September 2024.
-Are able to comply with the conditions for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands.

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application procedure for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a NL Scholarship.

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

You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal opportunities for all. We find it important to realise a diverse and inclusive campus for all our students and staff. In order to give all talented students the opportunity to become part of our academic community, including students from non-EU/EEA countries who might be financially struggling to pay the institutional Radboud University tuition fee, we offer a number of full scholarships.

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship is available for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for one of our English-taught Master’s degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes). The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and living costs of €11,520 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2023-2024) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition and living costs

Eligibility

-Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
-Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
-Do not have sufficient funds or access to grants or loans to finance your studies at Radboud University
-Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
-Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload two reference letters and a curriculum vitae (you may upload the same reference letters and CV if you have already uploaded those for your Master’s programme application) and the scholarship motivation letter.

Deadline
You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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