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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Linguistics & Classics

  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year, some specialisations are offered in part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    24 October 2018

Course content

The MA Linguistics at Leiden University is concerned with the knowledge, structure and use of language, and trains you to systematically identify, describe and analyse language phenomena.

An unmatched curriculum

Within the master’s programme in Linguistics, you may choose one of three specialisations, each offering a wide range of courses that can be combined according to specific thematic or disciplinary routes, which allow you to tailor your study programme to your personal interests.

Learn from experts

Academics from the renowned Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) teach in the master’s programme in Linguistics. During your studies, you will have access to a breadth and depth of expertise that is almost unmatched in Europe, as well as exceptional resources such as the famous collections at the Leiden University Library. All courses are taught by a diverse group of scholars, all of whom are engaged in international research, which is also part of the teaching syllabus. Their expertise incorporates the latest theoretical knowledge and practice-based skills, such as translation or text analysis.


The MA Linguistics has the following objectives:

  1. to enable students to acquire academic knowledge, understanding and skills, and train them in the use of scientific methods in the field of linguistics;
  2. to enable students to develop the following academic and professional skills;
  3. to prepare students for an academic career and further education;
  4. to prepare students for a career outside academia.


From September 2019 the programme will consist of the following three specialisations. Within these specialisations you will be able to focus on a broad array of topics, according to your interest.

Visit the MA Linguistics page on the Leiden University website for more details!






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