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General Linguistics

Radboud University

Master Postgraduate Nijmegen

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary The general Linguistics specialisation covers the ground of Linguistics using theoretical and empirical work: from the description of languages to changes in languages; from phonology to pragmatics.
Course description If you choose to study Linguistics in Nijmegen you will have a unique opportunity to put together your own programme. With the exception of your thesis, all subjects are optional. You can choose from a wide range of interesting advanced topics in fields as diverse as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, second language learning, language description and linguistic diversity. You will be working closely with top researchers. In fact, you will be in the middle of a research environment where important discoveries are being made and the chances are that you will be involved in some of them. We really take care of our students and pay special attention to the (practical) needs of international students. We have a lot of experience with students from all over the world coming here to study and we help you to hit the ground running. The courses are very intensive and you will learn a great deal in one year. You can also expect to 'grow' academically. There are great opportunities for internships at leading institutes in the Netherlands. Linguistics is taught at a very high level in Nijmegen, and we are known for our excellent teaching and research.
Study subjects -
Course objectives The emphasis is on integrating theoretical and empirical work. During the year, you will cover - depending on the subjects you choose - the full range of linguistics from the description of languages to changes in languages, from phonology to pragmatics. Graduates can find jobs in which linguistic knowledge is applied, e.g. in language testing, ICT or communication, at publishing companies or in the educational sector. Because of its strong research components, many graduates go on to do a PhD.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, internship, computer exercise, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, portfolio, workshop, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, self study, laboratory work, seminar
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About the institution

Department faculty of Arts
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Admission requirements
  1. 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.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C1
IELTS overall band 7
TOEFL internet based 100
TOEFL paper based 600
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 1 May 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Feb 2020 1 Dec 2019 1 Nov 2019
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083n.a.n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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