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MA Linguistics

Course Description

The one-year Master’s in Linguistics at Leiden University offers a great diversity of subjects in linguistics and language studies. You can focus your studies on theoretical or historical linguistics, language, communication or translation, and your choice from the widest selection of languages offered by any institution in the Netherlands and the surrounding region.

Visit the website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/linguistics/en/introduction

Course detail


- Chinese Linguistics
- Comparative Indo-European Linguistics
- English Language and Linguistics
- French Language and Linguistics
- German Language and Linguistics
- Italian Language and Linguistics
- Language and Communication
- Language Diversity of Africa, Asia and Native America
- Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics
- Translation in Theory and Practice (Dutch/English)

Choose Leiden University for a Master’s in Linguistics:

- The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is an institute with a long-standing international reputation for excellence. Learn from researchers who have been awarded prestigious grants and academic prizes.

- Choose from the largest selection of languages (varying from Chinese to German, from Papuan to Slavic languages, and many more) taught and studied at any institution in the Netherlands or the surrounding region.

- Learn in small groups, where you benefit from greater individual guidance and support.

- Examine issues from a broad range of perspectives and diverse theoretical approaches.

- Gain expertise that is both theoretical and practice-based such as skills in translation or text analysis from a communications standpoint.


Graduates with a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Leiden University are in great demand by organisations worldwide. Our students graduate with the ability to approach linguistic problems from an academic standpoint as well as the practical and professional skills to communicate fluently, translate texts effectively, and other essential editorial capabilities.

How to apply: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission


For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships

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

(Student Profile)

Bernhard Hoerl

4849.jpg When I came to Leiden in search of ways to explore foreign cultures and languages, the MA specialisation ‘Language and Communication’ offered me a unique chance to work side by side with truly inspiring researchers and helped me to position myself within my scientific field. Through a broad variety of courses, such as ‘Amerindian Ethnolinguistics’, ‘Language, Culture and Cognition’ or ‘Construction Grammar and Evolutionary Linguistics’ I was encouraged to explore entirely new perspectives on language and got answers to fundamental questions which had been on my mind for many years. Not only did this open up the possibility of pursuing a career in academia but it also inspired me to go beyond the borders of my anthropological horizon and profoundly changed my view on both linguistic and non-linguistic otherness in the world. Regardless of what I will do or where I will go in the future, the intellectual input I received during my studies in Leiden will certainly prove invaluable in any given environment.


Leiden Excellence Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

This scholarship is intended for:1. Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme starting February 2017 or September 2017.
All MA, MSc and LLM programmes that are mentioned on the website Master's programmes in Leiden are eligible for LExS, but note that some programmes have a start date in September only.
2. Students of all nationalities enrolling in the Advanced Master programmes in the list below starting February 2017 or September 2017. Note that the programmes listed below have a September start date only, with the exception of Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law:

◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Business Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Civil & Commercial Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Law & Digital Technologies
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European Tax Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Human Rights Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights
◦MSc in International Relations & DiplomacyAdditional requirements1.In his or her prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enrol. As an indication, the student will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad. We do not need proof of this, it is just to indicate the competitiveness of the scholarship. 2.The applicant will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans ("Studiefinanciering"; more information). This requirement does not apply to applicants who apply for a LExS for programmes mentioned under point 2 "For whom". 3.Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University master’s degree with the exception of students applying for a Master programme for which a specified previous Master programme or work experience is mandatory (the LLM advanced masters qualify as such). 4.Students who are granted a LExS must comply with and confirm in writing their agreement with the Rules and Regulations attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)



For excellent Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme and for excellent students of all nationalities enrolling in a Master of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy.The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has three awards: •€ 10.000 of the tuition fee •€ 15.000 of the tuition fee •Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department. The type of award has no reflection on the students' academic level of excellence. Please be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship.

Application Procedure

1. Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University. Deadline 1 October 2016 for all programmes starting in February 2017.
Deadline for programmes starting September 2017 •All programmes except law:
1 February 2017 •Law programmes:
1 March 2017
2. Upload all required documents.

3. Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. Please note that if you apply for more than one master's programme, you have to indicate that you apply for the LExS scholarship for all these programmes seperately. 4. Upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page.

5. Submit your online application.

6. Pay the application fee of € 100. 7. The selection committee of the relevant faculty will review the applications. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit.

8. All LExS applicants will be informed by the scholarship department of Student Educational Affairs about the outcome of the selection procedure.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.

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