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Linguistics (research MA)

Course Description

The Research Master's programme in Linguistics gives students the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines. In addition, it devotes serious attention to methodological issues. All courses are taught in English or, in the case of language-specific courses, in the given language.

Studying Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is home to specialists in all the important sub-areas of linguistics. The Research Master's programme in Linguistics is coordinated by the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) and the Institute for Language, Logic and Computation (ILLC). The programme capitalises on this potential by covering a variety of areas, including: research in Creole studies, discourse analysis, functional grammar, generative grammar, language and speech development and pathology, language typology, language variation and change, phonetics, second language acquisition, semantics and sign linguistics.

The University is rich in terms of the languages and language families covered in linguistic research and teaching. Linguistics seminars are taught on Arabic, Dutch (including Dutch as a Second Language), English, French, German, Greek (Classical and modern), Italian, Latin, Romanian, Scandinavian, Slavic and Spanish. A general characteristic of linguistic research at the UvA is the focus on theory formation through the analysis of large data sets.

Accreditation and degree

The quality of this master's programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited master's degree in Linguistics and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Master's programme should have at least a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in linguistics or a relevant field. The level of the Bachelor's degree must be comparable to that of a Dutch Bachelor's degree.The Research Master's programme is intended for students interested in conducting research in one of the many areas of linguistics. The programme stresses such qualities as originality, theoretical interest, methodological skills and the ability to write reports for both a scientific and a lay audience.

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