In the past, most of the attention within 'English language and linguistics' went to the philological (or diachronic) aspects of language (which are fascinating in a language dating from the early Middle Ages and which has changed so much).
However today, the focus has shifted toward synchronic data on linguistic variation and the socio-cultural circumstances under which language is used. Special attention is given to theoretical models explaining how we learn and use language and what causes it to change.
Studying English Language at the University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam's (UvA) English Department maintains a balanced approach to English literature and linguistics. New staff members are appointed with a view to enhancing our range of intellectual capability rather than that of our theoretical conformity. This inevitably results in lively classes (and staff meetings) and a stimulating intellectual environment. Master's level courses explore the space beyond formal and disciplinary boundaries, together with the overlap between not only various methodologies, theories, historical periods and social spaces but also between language and literature.
Accreditation and degree
English Language is a track of the MA in English Language and Culture. This master’s programme has been legally accredited by the Dutch government. This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited master's degree in English Language and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).
Applicants for the Master's programme should have at least a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in English Language and Culture or another relevant field. The level of the Bachelor's degree must be comparable to that of a Dutch Bachelor's degree.Students who have a related academic background in the humanities and feel they are equipped to follow the Master's programme are encouraged to apply. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Recipient: University of Amsterdam
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