The course prepares you to become a competent linguist who has an understanding of a wide array of topics ranging from how people learn and use language to how the brain processes language and how language and people influence each other.
The General Linguistics Master’s at Radboud University
offers a wide range of advanced topics in fields as diverse as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, second language learning, language description, language testing and linguistic diversity. All our courses offer a nice mix of theoretical and practical knowledge: courses situate insights from linguistic and language acquisition theory within the context of everyday communication and contemporary language use.
For those with sufficient language proficiency, we also offer language-specific linguistics courses in Dutch, German, French and Spanish. There is also a range of combined courses that allow students to learn about the very latest findings in interdisciplinary areas such as cognitive neuroscience.
The Linguistics Master’s programme at Radboud University
will broaden your career prospects, because you can construct it to meet your own professional ambitions. With this degree, you could work as an editor, communication consultant, educational developer, teacher, translator and researcher.
- With no mandatory courses, this specialisation offers plenty of opportunity to create your own programme.
- You’ll be part of a truly international classroom with students from all over the world, speaking and learning all different languages. This will not only provide you with an interesting experience on the social and cultural front, it will also allow theoretical and practical insights into the linguistic issues you’ll be studying, as you consider how these apply to the various languages and language learners represented in your class.
- 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 access to a large national and international network and can assist you in finding a position that fits your interests.
- At Radboud University
we can ensure that you’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with your thesis advisor.
- 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 and 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 other research done on campus by, for example, the world-renowned Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/linguistics/general
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 programme in Linguistics prepares for jobs in which linguistic knowledge is applied. With this degree you could work as an editor, communication consultant, educational developer, teacher, translator and researcher. This programme offers you an intensive learning experience in both linguistics and the English language. This will further enhance your language skills and may allow you to pursue a career working in both your native language and in English.
Our research in this field
All lecturers within the programme are affiliated with the Centre for Language Studies (CLS). This institute accomplishes 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 Linguistics you have plenty of freedom to choose your own topic. A sample of the linguistics fields' in which you could do your Master’s research in:
- First or second language acquisition
- Bilingualism and heritage languages
- Sociolinguistic differences between genders
- Social media communication
- A comparison of two translations (one of which can be your own)
- Idiomatic expressions in translations
- Topics regarding grammar
- Influence of social relationships on language
- Language attitudes towards, for example, Scottish
- Cross-cultural and/or inter-cultural politeness
The CLS institute also offers monthly colloquia, which students are strongly encouraged to attend. Every month, a different Principle Investigator group presents an overview of what the PI group has recently done. All other research groups are represented in the audience. The colloquium also offers a chance to meet students and researchers from throughout the institute and to discuss the topic in an informal setting after the main presentation.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/linguistics/general
• 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