Learning to become a competent linguist with a thorough knowledge of contemporary German and how it is used, enhanced with a strong understanding of general 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 German. You can therefore work as editor, communication consultant, education developer, teacher and researcher in both German and your native language.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/linguistics/german
- This programme offers plenty of opportunity to pick your own courses. One German linguistics course is mandatory and the Master’s thesis has to be written in German but the remainder of the programme is up to you. Students can opt for more German courses about, for example, literature or choose general linguistic courses in English about, among others, psycholinguistics, multilingualism, language acquisition or language testing.
- 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. 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. There are also several native German students in this programme.
- Nijmegen is located near the German border giving you plenty of opportunity to cross the border and do an internship in Germany while still following classes in the Netherlands and/or to follow a few courses at German universities in the vicinity like the University of Cologne, the University of Münster and the University of Duisburg-Essen.
- If you would like to become a secondary school teacher in the Netherlands (leraar Duits), you can go on to do an educational Master’s at the Radboud Docenten Academie in Nijmegen (Dutch only).
- 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 meets 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-Institut für Psycholinguistik.
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 get a solid basis in linguistics theory as well as a deeper understanding of the German language. The programme in Linguistics therefore prepares you for jobs in which linguistic knowledge is applied. You could do these jobs both in German as well as in your native language. Think of language policy, language testing, development of educational material and jobs in communication and journalism or at publishing companies.
Our research in this field
All lecturers within the programme are affiliated with the Centre for Language Studies (CLS). This institute does 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. Internships at the Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, located right here on campus, the Goethe-Institut or educational research institutes such as Cito are also possible.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/linguistics/german
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