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Research Master in Linguistics and Communication Sciences

Tilburg University

Master Postgraduate Tilburg

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary This unique programme takes an integrated approach between communication and language and covers the numerous ways in which written and spoken language is used to persuade, inform, and exchange ideas.
Course description The Research Master's program in Linguistics and Communication Sciences is a two-year course of study offered jointly by Radboud University Nijmegen and Tilburg University. Both universities combine leading-edge research with excellent education. This program, with its strong emphasis on empirical study, is unique in the Netherlands. The program covers the numerous ways in which written and spoken language is used - for example, to persuade, inform, and exchange ideas. Because communication and the use of language are so tightly interwoven, we take an integrated approach. For example, when other, non-verbal cues are taken into account, understanding spoken language is made easier. Such cues may include facial expressions and eye contact. The interrelationships between language and communication have been further illuminated by developments in information and communication technology. These have opened up exciting new areas of research, for example providing insight into ways in which information from both linguistic and non-linguistic sources can be integrated in multimodal messages.
Study subjects This Research Master's program is a two-year full-time study program (120 ECTS; 40-50 hours/week) offered jointly by Tilburg University and Radboud University Nijmegen.
Course objectives The goal is to educate students to become skilled empirical linguists with a deep understanding of language and communication. The primary goal of the program is academic training, which makes it ideal for those wishing to embark on a research career. But it also caters for the growing demand from the public and private sectors for people with academic insight and research skills.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes project, lecture, self study, literature study, seminar, research, research project, research proposal, individual assignment
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Information about the institution At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them.


Admission requirements
  1. *You have a Bachelor's or Master's degree* in a relevant discipline with a grade point average of 7.5 (out of 10, Dutch grading system!) and a minimal score of 8 on the Bachelor's or Master's thesis.
  2. sufficient talent for scientific research, as demonstrated in your Bachelor's thesis or in a dedicated research proposal, and * adequate knowledge of English. Students who are not native speakers of English need to pass the TOEFL test, with at a score of least 575 for the paper-based version and 232 for the computer-based version3.
  3. TOEFL language admission test (internet based: 100) or IELTS (min. 7 overall/6.5 on parts) or Cambridge Proficiency (C2). If you are an English native speaker or an EEA citizen who has studied in an English undergraduate program, an English proficiency test is NOT required.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C2
IELTS listening 6.5
IELTS overall band 7
IELTS reading 6.5
IELTS speaking 6.5
IELTS writing 6.5
TOEFL internet based 100
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Jul 2020 1 Apr 2020
1 Jan 2021 1 Dec 2020 1 Oct 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 Jul 2021 1 Apr 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143n.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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Telephone number +31 (0) 13 -466 9111
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