Deze opleiding

Do you want to indulge your linguistic passion and engage in linguistic research? Then the Research Master Linguistics is the programme for you.

The two-year Research Master in Linguistics, specialization of the Humanities research master, trains you as a professional linguistic researcher, specialised in either Human Language Technology or in Forensic Linguistics. Both tracks are aimed at linguists who are looking for a solid training in linguistics, coupled with a challenging specialization in young research fields with a fundamental concern for current society. The programs for the two tracks partly overlap. All students take general courses in the field of humanities research and linguistics, both on theory and methodology.

Human Language Technology is a young and rapidly evolving research field that holds a unique position between linguistics and computer science. Forensic Linguistics/Language and the Law is a new and exciting field, which has both a narrow and a broad definition. In its more specific sense it denotes the use of linguistic evidence in the courtroom. During the programme, you will choose four courses from a list of available Master's courses. You will base your choice on your own interests and the specialization that you wish to pursue. The programme is taught in English.


typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma
Research |Master Humanities

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

  • The Master's program is unique in the Netherlands.
  • We offer a personal approach and small groups. You can choose a tutor who will help you during your program.
  • The Master focuses on research. You will be involved in the activities of our research group from the very beginning and you can participate in our research meetings.
  • You will be part of LOT, the Dutch national graduate school in linguistics.
  • We allow you to choose electives from our own department or from the Faculty of Humanities.

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1e jaar In your first year, you can choose to follow courses offered by the department or opt for a course from other department in the faculty. Next to these courses you will follow two research modules 'Digital & Environmental Humanities' and 'Humanities in Society' and two core courses 'Programming Python for Linguistics' and 'Natural Language Processing Technology'. Furthermore, you can choose to follow a course in a National Research School or the VU Summer Schools.
2e jaar In your second year, you can choose to go abroad or take an elective. Furthermore, you will follow courses based on your specialization and the course and 'Humanities Research Career Preparation'. You will finish your master by writing a thesis on a subject of your choice.



In its more specific sense it denotes the use of linguistic evidence in the courtroom. In its broader sense it refers to all areas of overlap between language and the law, including the language used in legal or quasi-legal settings by participants including judges, lawyers, witnesses, police officers and interpreters. As a graduate of this programme you will have acquired the theoretical background and practical casework experience to be able to analyse disputed texts, recognize a “language crime” such as bribery or threatening communication (nowadays often sent via social media), and identify participants in the police station or courtroom who are at a linguistic disadvantage, and therefore vulnerable to miscarriages of justice.


taal van onderwijs100% en
computer opdrachten, groepsopdracht, individuele opdracht, literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, ontwerpproject, poster presentatie, seminar, werkcollege, zelfstudie
The Research Master's is an intensive research oriented program. Due to its small scale you will work closely together with the professors. Most courses will be taught in tutorials, some as lectures. You will complete your two-year program by writing a Master's thesis on a research project that you will carry out yourself.
The Research Master specialization Linguistics prepares you for a career as a researcher. We will train you in the skills required to pursue a PhD within academia, and guide you in the writing of a research proposal for a PhD project. You may also become a researcher outside the academic setting or embark on a career outside the field of research, for instance as an editor, a teacher or a language policy worker in education for a local or national government.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
1 June for Dutch and EU students, 1 April for non-EU students

In order to be admitted directly we require a full Bachelor's degree in linguistics and an average grade of minimally a 7.5 out of 10.

A certified list of the academic results obtained to date (qualifications and lists of grades).

The student should have a proficient level of academic English, proof of excellent study results and motivation for doing academic research.

Unless English is your first language, you must be able to prove your knowledge of English is sufficient.

Applicants should hold a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics or a closely related field in order to be considered for admission to the programme.

reference letter

We require a motivation letter including a description of your research interests.

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale 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.

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Studenten en studentenleven


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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Ruth Lit­tle
"After obtaining an Master's in Applied Linguistics at the University of Surrey in the UK, I wanted to learn more about linguistics. The research programme at VU Amsterdam has given me this opportunity. A broad overview of all aspects of the subject, from corpus linguistics to creoles, is complemented with a wide range of option modules, which offer the freedom to follow individual interests.

The teaching takes place in small groups and active participation is encouraged. The university also offers good study facilities and there is a lively international student community...
I am now finishing my first year and certainly do not regret my decision to apply."

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Tessa van Charl­dorp
"After completing my Bachelor's in Communication at Boston University in the US, I decided to move back to Netherlands to continue my studies. I took some communication and linguistics classes here at VU Amsterdam and really liked the combination between these two disciplines. I then decided to apply for the Linguistic Research Master's where I could focus on these two disciplines and learn more about academic research.

The Linguistic Research Master's is a new programme within the Linguistics faculty. It is a very small programme which makes it very intimate...
I really like this programme because it allows you to choose your own courses and create your own track within the linguistics department. You can even take classes from other faculties at VU Amsterdam, or other universities in the Netherlands. There are a lot of research opportunities at our faculty, which you are greatly encouraged to participate in during your time here at VU Amsterdam. A lot of self discipline is needed for this, but it is well worth the effort! After graduating from this programme I will be much better prepared for a PhD position."

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Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The Research Master specialization Linguistics prepares you for a career as a researcher. We will train you in the skills required to pursue a PhD within academia, and guide you in the writing of a research proposal for a PhD project. You may also become a researcher outside the academic setting or embark on a career outside the field of research, for instance as an editor, a teacher or a language policy worker in education for a local or national government.
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Dr. Hennie van der Vliet

Coördinator research master Linguistics

T: +31 20 59 86466
Irena Bunic

International Student Advisor

T: +31205985252
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