Linguistics (Research)

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
The Research Master Linguistics at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for its linguistics expertise covering all corners of the world.

The Research MA Linguistics at Leiden University is highly flexible which gives you the freedom to tailor it to your specific interests in linguistics. The programme is part of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), an institute with a long-standing international reputation for excellence.

In the QS World University Rankings 2016 the Linguistics department at Leiden University is ranked 28th in the world. So you will be able to learn from researchers who have been awarded prestigious grants and academic prizes. You will be part of small groups where you will benefit from individual guidance and support.

You will also be able to choose from the largest selection of languages (varying from Chinese to German, from Papuan to Slavic languages, and many more) taught and studied at any institution in the Netherlands or the surrounding region.

You will study the linguistic subfields that interest you: phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse, or pragmatics.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
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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 Universiteit Leiden?

  • Linguistics in Leiden is ranked 28th in the QS World University Rankings of 2016.
  • The Linguistics research master offers you to choose from the largest selection of languages taught and studied at any institution in the Netherlands.
  • The Linguistics master's degrees are delivered by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), an institute with a long-standing international reputation for excellence.

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The structure of the Linguistics research MA enables you to acquire academic knowledge and skills and train you in the use of scientific methods in general and to your chosen specialisation.
The Leiden University Research Master's programme in Linguistics provides intensive and comprehensive training covering the entire range of present-day linguistic research.

Students need to earn 120 EC in total, including a thesis of 30 EC. The basic programme consists of two compulsory core courses, each worth 10 EC; two topics courses, each worth 5 EC, these short, current-research-oriented courses change every year; 10 EC worth of LOT (Landelijk Onderzoeksschool Taalwetenschap) credits and 2 courses from any of the track courses in the MA Linguistics.

1e jaar For a more detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit:
Core: History of Linguistics
10 EC
Students choose two Topics courses
10 EC
LOT Summer School/Winter School course
10 EC
Electives / internship
20 EC
Core: Samples of Linguistic Structure
10 EC
2e jaar For a more detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit:
ResMA Linguistics Thesis
30 EC
LOT Summer School/Winter School course
10 EC
Students choose two Linguistics electives
20 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
30% theorie
10% praktijk
Students in the Research Master's Linguistics programme receive education and training that introduces them to and prepares them for innovative research at the front line of present-day linguistic investigation along the lines presented above. Completion of a Research Master's degree in Linguistics qualifies graduates for the pursuit of a PhD research project.
honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for.

The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2016
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 14900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16600
1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 14900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16600
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for the entire bachelor's programme, and a grade for the bachelor's thesis of an 8 or higher.

The following qualities regarding knowledge, understanding and skills: The ability to understand basic linguistic analyses and read linguistic literature (in English) at the appropriate (handbook) level. The ability to collect linguistic data and discover patterns in those. A demonstrable interest in and talent for linguistic research.

A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree, in Linguistics, a language and culture programme or a comparable degree with a relevant specialisation.

studie kosten
bron: Universiteit Leiden
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale 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


47 studenten volgen deze opleiding
66% daarvan is vrouw
5 eerstejaars gestart in 2015
60% daarvan is vrouw
25470 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
60% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


T.W.I.S.T. organizes camp weekends, meetings, lectures and movie nights with a linguistic twist. Members also receive the magazine Twister, which includes interesting articles in your field.

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Prof. Van Heuven
Testimonial Prof. Van Heuven

“How well do Dutch, Chinese and Americans understand one another when speaking English?”

“I am fascinated by speech because you can study it scientifically. Speech is a natural phenomenon: you can record it as an acoustic phenomenon, you can study how the mouth produces sound, you can even make sounds visible. We can also instruct a computer to respond to a particular acoustic signal. Connectionism is an exciting new development. Linguists, psychologists, physicists and medical specialists together carry out research into how language works...
How well do people understand one another if they do not share the same mother tongue? How well do Dutch, Chinese and Americans understand one another when they are all speaking English? We are developing models with which we can predict intelligibility. The Netherlands has more linguists per square kilometre than any other country in the world. I think this is because the Netherlands is a small country which has always had close economic ties with neighbouring countries with different languages. The Dutch set out to learn these languages and this confrontation stimulated their curiosity. But the colonial past also played a role. From early times, Dutch people have been exposed to exotic languages, and Leiden played a major part in describing these languages. We currently have many international students who come to Leiden to study Linguistics.”

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1/9 Universiteit Leiden
Linguistics (Research)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
60% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/9 Rijksuniversiteit
Clinical Linguistics / EMCL
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
20% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/9 Rijksuniversiteit
Language and Cognition
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
20% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/9 Rijksuniversiteit
star Keuzegids topopleiding 2017
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
20% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
5/9 Rijksuniversiteit
Language and Communication Technologies (Double Degree Programme)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
20% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
6/9 Radboud Universiteit
Language and Communication
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
80% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
7/9 Utrecht
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
6 eerstejaars
83% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
8/9 UvA
Linguistics (research MA)
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
1 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
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€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Linguistics (Research) aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 30 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

As a Linguistics Research graduate of Leiden University you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher, or carry out PhD research. Furthermore, your communicative and practical competences, such as your command of a specific language, your translation skills, and your editorial talents, will also put you in high demand outside of the academic world. Current alumni hold positions within such fields as the publishing sector, teaching, health services and ICT.
Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include:

  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • PhD candidate at a Dutch university
  • PhD candidate at a university in France
  • Junior advisor at an institute for linguistic research and language teaching
  • Editor at a publishing house
  • Freelance translator
  • PhD candidate at a university in Belgium
  • PhD candidate at a university in the United Kingdom
  • Consular officer at a ministry of foreign affairs
  • Technical writer
  • Content manager, editor, translator at NGO's
  • Translator within EU organisations
  • Author of digital educational materials
  • Research assistant at an university in Canada
  • Project manager at a translation agency
  • Teacher at a secondary school

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