This course helps you become competent in French linguistics and obtain knowledge of contemporary French, enhanced with a strong understanding of general linguistics.
In the Master’s specialisation in French Linguistics you’ll have expertise in linguistics in general with a special emphasis on spoken French in all of its regional and social varieties. One of the main topics of interest to the French department at Radboud University
is the linguistic exploration of the international PFC (Projet Phonologie du Français contemporain) corpus. In the Master’s specialisation you’ll focus on the main phonological and phonetic aspects of modern French by analysing original data from this PFC corpus. You’ll learn about empirical sources, methodological issues and about the advantages/disadvantages of corpus-based and theoretically-oriented linguistics.
The Linguistics Master’s at Radboud University
will broaden your career prospects, because you get a basis in general linguistics as well as insights into those aspects unique to French. You can therefore work as editor, communication consultant, educational developer, to name a few options.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/linguistics/french
- This programme offers the opportunity to select your own courses. One French linguistics course is mandatory and the Master’s thesis has to be written in French, but the remainder of the programme is up to you. Students can opt for more French courses about literature, or choose general linguistic courses in English about psycholinguistics, multilingualism, stress typology or language testing, among others.
- The French department at Radboud University
focuses on both theoretical phonology and on the sociolinguistics of contemporary language usage.
- In the English-medium linguistics courses, you’ll be part of a truly international classroom with students from all over the world speaking and learning all different languages.
- If you would like to become a secondary school teacher in the Netherlands (leraar Frans), successful completion of the Master French Linguistics allows you to enter the educational Master’s at the Radboud Docenten Academie in Nijmegen.
- This programme offers the opportunity to do an internship in the second half of your programme. If you wish, this can also be done abroad. Our professors have a large network and can assist you in finding a position that meets your interests.
- At Radboud University
, you’ll be individually supervised by your thesis advisor. The writing of your Master thesis will be an intensive learning experience and will greatly enhance your French language skills to equal those of natives.
- The programme is connected to the research carried out at the Centre for Language Studies (CLS). This institution has a reputation in the Netherlands and far beyond for top quality ground-breaking research. As a student you’ll have a chance to work closely with some of the best researchers in the field. Students at Nijmegen can also benefit from the wealth of research done on campus by the world-renowned Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, for example.
Admission requirements for international students
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Linguistics or related area
In order to get admission to this Master's you’ll need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in specific language, like German, Dutch and such, or with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information Sciences can also apply, provided they took at least 60 ECTS worth of courses in the field of linguistics.
2. Proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- A TOEFL score of >575 (paper based) or >232 (computer based) or >90 (internet based)
- An IELTS score of >6.5
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
- A Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture from a research university.
The set-up of the Linguistics programme at Radboud University
is such that you will gain solid basis in linguistics theory as well as a deeper understanding of the French language. The programme in Linguistics therefore prepares you for jobs where linguistic knowledge is applied. You could do these jobs both in French as well as in your native language. Thiis includes work in the field of language policy, language testing, and publishing companies.
Our research in this field
- Master's specialisation in French Linguistics
All lecturers within the programme are affiliated with the Centre for Language Studies (CLS). This institute achieves nationally and internationally acclaimed cutting-edge research in the field of linguistics. The institute aims to gain a deeper understanding of the architecture of the language system and its interactions with processes at the individual and the social cultural level. Research conducted at CLS often results in valuable solutions for real-life problems in communication.
- Master’s thesis topics
The research topic of your Master’s thesis can be linked to or embedded in the research of the institute, and it can be combined with an internship, at the research institute or elsewhere. As a Master’s student of French Linguistics you have plenty of freedom to choose your own topic. Many of the French Master’s theses done at Radboud University
are connected to the international PFC (Projet Phonologie du Français contemporain) corpus.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/linguistics/french
A Dutch Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in Linguistics, a degree in languages or a degree in Communication and Information Sciences, with a minimum of at least 60 EC worth of courses in the area of linguistics. • Fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor’s degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: a TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based), 90 (internet-based); an IELTS score of 6.5; a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency