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

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
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.

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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specialisatie Forensic Linguistics

Forensic Linguistics is one of the specializations of the Linguistics program.

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. 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.

specialisatie Human Language Technology

Human Language Technology is one of the specializations of the Linguistics program.

Human Language Technology is a young and rapidly evolving research field that holds a unique position between linguistics and computer science. Nowadays, in linguistic research a firm background in language technology is extremely valuable. Linguists have to be able to process large datasets.

As a student of this specialization you will get acquainted with the essential large computational linguistic resources, learn programming in Python for linguistics and develop skills in Natural Langue Programming (NLP) and machine learning. Through this intensive research program, you will become a linguistic engineer in language technology.

The programme is offered by the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL), an internationally acclaimed research group in computational linguistics. Students holding a BA in Linguistics, Computer Science or Artificial intelligence are encouraged to apply.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet75% zelfstudie
case study, computer exercise, individual assignment, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, seminar, tutorial, working group, self study
instruction modes
The Research Master's is an intensive research oriented programme. 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 kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend


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

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.

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

inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
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Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

PhD-student: Your most likely prospect after completing your Research Master's is to set up your own research programme as a PhD student.

Researcher: You can also embark on a career at a research institute outside of the academic setting. There are many research institutes eager to welcome researchers schooled in qualitative and quantitative research.

Other opportunities: e.g. editor, language policy worker for a local or national government, or teacher.

Potentiële beroepen

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universitair (hoofd)docent taal- en letterkunde
wetenschappelijk onderzoeker taal- en letterkunde
bron: UWV


T: (020) 598 5000
Inger Groesz

Study advisor

Sanne Boomsma

International Office

T: +31205986429
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