Language and Cognition

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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How is language stored in the brain? How do we acquire a foreign language? Is it possible to forget your mother tongue? Which factors play a role in effective communication?

Language and Cognition is a selective two-year Research Master's program that prepares you for entry into a related PhD program, or other research positions. The program offers a unique combination of neuro- and psycholinguistics, theoretical linguistics, developmental linguistics, computational linguistics and communications science. The key focus of the Research Master's program is on the cognitive aspects and processes underlying human language – and their interaction, which is the focus area of excellent, multidisciplinary research carried out in the Centre for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) and the Groningen Research School for Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN).

The program is meant for talented students from all over the world who aspire to doresearch in the field of Linguistics. After finishing the degree, you will have acquired essential research skills and fundamental knowledge of linguistics analysis, language development, and language processing. Are you curious if you are eligible for the Research Master's program? Check the entry requirements.

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diplomaMA Taalwetenschappen (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

Why choose us?
  • The program is linked to the excellent, multidisciplinary research carried out at the Centre for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) and the Groningen Research School for Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN)
  • Our lecturers are internationally recognised as experts in their fields
  • A research internship (20 ECTS) in the first semester of the second year which offers you the opportunity to work with big names in your field of interest
  • Research Assistantships

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Masterweek Groningen
Van 19 t/m 23 maart 2018 organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind februari 2018.


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opbouwCheck out the content of the courses on Ocasys:

1e jaar
Linguistic Theory
10 EC
Language Development keuzevak
10 EC
Experimental Pragmatics keuzevak
10 EC
Basic Statistics
5 EC
Corpus Linguistics
5 EC
Seminar/Summer School/Winter School 1
5 EC
Designing your Research Project
10 EC
Debates in Linguistics keuzevak
10 EC
Methodology and Statistics for Linguistic Research keuzevak
10 EC
Language, Brain and Cognition keuzevak
10 EC
2e jaar
Research Master Placement Linguistics stage
20 EC
Seminar/Summer School/Winter School 2
5 EC
Research Master Thesis Linguistics afstuderen
30 EC


specialisatie Master's placement

A placement is a fixed component of this Master's track.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet25% zelfstudie
50% theorie
25% praktijk
literature study, internship, research, research project, research proposal, lecture, portfolio, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, integration module
study guidance
If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.
study abroad
Students have followed their internship/courses at the following locations:
  • Sociolinguistics Research Lab (SLRL), University of Victoria (BC, Canada)
  • Brain and Cognition Lab, University of California (UCSD) (San Diego, USA)
  • University of North Carolina (USA)
  • Bilingualism & Language Development (BiLD) lab, State College, Penn State University (Pennsylvania, USA)
  • CUNY Graduate Center (New York, USA)
  • Laboratory for developmental studies, Harvard University (Boston, USA)
  • Digital Pebble Ltd, University of Bristol (UK)
  • University of York (UK)
  • University of Southampton (UK)
  • Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Centre Language and Education (Leuven, Belgium)
  • Laboratoire des Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (Paris, France)
  • Saarland University (Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig, Germany)
  • Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (Berlin, Germany)
  • Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki (Finland)

honours-/excellence program Master's Honours Programme

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 11500
1 februari 2019
aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 11500
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Excellent academic record.

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on all items) or IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). ERK level C1. Dutch VWO diploma.

BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study
  • Communication- and Information Science
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing
  • other related fields

reference letter
Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.


estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


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28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields. Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Liset Rouweler
Participating in the Research Assistants Programme

In 2014 I was involved in the Research Assistants Programme (RAP). In this program, research master students get the chance to do their own research under supervision. One of the greatest experiences of RAP was getting the opportunity to visit a conference outside of the Netherlands. With a budget of up to 1000 euros, the possibilities were more or less endless for me. For my field of interest, the most interesting conferences were even found outside of Europe. For that reason, I eventually made the choice to go the Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD)...
It was a three day conference with researchers from all over the world. I went to different talks, poster sessions, lunches and dinners, and furthermore I talked to researchers you normally only read about in your papers. Also, in these days, I took the time to experience Boston itself for a bit. All in all, it was an experience to never forget, where I got an extra insight of how your life can be when you are involved in research.

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Marco Dieterich
I was looking for a highly internationalized and motivating environment where I could develop my theoretical and practical skills, and in Groningen I found it all

Ciao Friend, 

My name is Marco, I have been a Research Master student for almost one year now and I can tell you that my expectations have never been let down. I was looking for a highly internationalized and motivating environment where I could develop my theoretical and practical skills, and in Groningen I found it all. With a very small number of selected students being part of the master, teachers have the chance to follow each one very closely...
Here everyone is not only asked to do its best, but is given the chance for doing that. Over the time spent here I have realized that the most important thing we are taught is not how to access the knowledge, but how to deal with it in the most productive way once we have it. The master is about learning networking skills, seeing and seizing possibilities that other don’t, learning to sustain failure and rejection and keep going. For me being a student of the Research Master is like being part of a sport team playing at top level.

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Julija Danu
I decided to take the academic path

I moved to Groningen from the Baltic States in 2012, to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Culture with a minor in Media and Journalism. I have always been passionate about languages, research, writing and editing, so the choice to move abroad for the sake of higher education was not a particularly hard one. After my experiences in both fields of Linguistics and Journalism, I decided to take the academic path, so a Research Master in Linguistics seemed a perfect fit...
My main interests within Linguistics are focused around sociolinguistics and forensic linguistics, so at first I was upset with the lack of courses offered in these areas. However, the choice of courses offered at the faculty is quite impressive, and those diverse courses have helped me to get more insight in different research methods that I now will be able to use in my fields of interest, such as discourse analysis, corpus-based studies and eye-tracking. I guess what I am really trying to say is that whatever your research interests are, you can find a way to integrate them within this degree, and you can learn a lot from what our department has to offer. This degree is nothing less but challenging, but if you are an aspiring researcher who is passionate about Linguistics like me- it is most definitely worth it. 

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Patty Huijbers
Research Master's Student Patty Huijbers About Her Research Assistants Programme

Maja Curcic
PhD at the University of Amsterdam

While I was in the third year of my Bachelor's degree programme in English Linguistics in Serbia, two of my classmates did a 1-year exchange at the University of Groningen. They were so enthusiastic about everything to do with Linguistics in Groningen: the programme, the lecturers, the new things they learned.

That’s why I chose the Research Master’s in Linguistics at the University of Groningen following my Bachelor’s programme. It sounded like a great opportunity to get into the field of linguistic research...
I conducted a number of small, practical research projects, so the programme felt very interesting and dynamic, and the lecturers were always incredibly enthusiastic and ready to help. Not only was the programme itself good, I also very much enjoyed living in Groningen, a small but beautiful and vibrant student city.
I am currently studying for a PhD at the University of Amsterdam, conducting research on language learning in adults. My MA programme and the lecturers involved in it were ideal preparation for my PhD research; I rely on many research skills that I acquired in Groningen, such as critical thinking, designing experiments, analysing data from experiments and writing academic papers. I’m really grateful for all the programme taught me. Thanks to this solid foundation, a PhD doesn’t feel like a difficult undertaking. I would very much like to continue doing research in my future career, but I would also like to combine it with more applied work, such as developing new language teaching methods and materials.

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In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Language and Cognition aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 15 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After graduation, you are well prepared for a career in research. In fact, this track is an ideal stepping stone to a PhD position at a university. You can conduct research in Linguistics, such as Neuro- or Clinical Linguistics, Language Development or Theoretical Linguistics. Other options are Speech Technology, and Communication and Computer Linguistics.

During the research master's programme in Linguistics you will acquire a wide-ranging set of skills useful in a wide range of domains. These include:

  • Analytical skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Writing skills
  • Methodological skills
  • Statistical skills
  • Corpus analysis
  • Experimental design
  • Working in a team

current job market

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Nadja Zadorina MA

coordinator: for all questions regarding application

Meer informatie?
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