Language and Cognition

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
How is language stored in the brain? How do we acquire a foreign language? How can we explain patterns of language use in terms of underlying structures, and also the role of language in society?

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

The Language and Cognition programme offers training in linguistics which reflects the areas of expertise among linguists at the University of Groningen. In addition to required courses, which cover core areas of the discipline, students may choose from courses in neuro- and psycholinguistics, theoretical linguistics, developmental linguistics, computational linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and communication studies. These are the focus areas 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 programme is meant for talented students from all over the world who aspire to do research in the field of Linguistics. After finishing the degree, you will have acquired essential research skills and fundamental knowledge of linguistic analysis, language development, and language processing. This programme is a selective admission two-year Research Master's programme that prepares you for entry into a related PhD program, or other research positions.

Are you curious if you are eligible for the Research Master's programme? Check the entry requirements. While admission for the second semester is possible, we advise most students to begin in the fall so that they can follow the course sequence with their cohort.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • The programme is research-focused, reflecting the specializations of the linguists on staff at the University of Groningen
  • Our lecturers are internationally recognized experts in their fields
  • A Research Training module offers you the opportunity for hands-on research experience in your first year of study
  • A research internship (25 ECTS) in the second year can be used to work with experts in your area of specialization


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1e jaar
Basic Statistics
5 EC
Linguistic Analysis
10 EC
Language comparison keuzevak
10 EC
Language Development keuzevak
10 EC
Language variation in Europe keuzevak
10 EC
Research Training 1 keuzevak
10 EC
Research Training 1 keuzevak
5 EC
The interpretation of language keuzevak
10 EC
Writing: Context, Process, Text keuzevak onderzoek
10 EC
Seminar/Summerschool/Winterschool 1
5 EC
The structure of Language keuzevak
10 EC
Corpus Linguistics
5 EC
Designing your research project
5 EC
Architecture of the Language System keuzevak
5 EC
The Sound of Language keuzevak
5 EC
Discourse analysis keuzevak
10 EC
Language, Brain and Cognition keuzevak
10 EC
Methodology & Statistics Ling. Research keuzevak
5 EC
Research training 2 keuzevak
5 EC
Research traing 2 keuzevak
10 EC
2e jaar
25 EC
Summerschool/Winterschool 2
5 EC
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 Office for Student Affairs can offer help with this where necessary.


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 the opportunity to choose an internship location abroad or at the University of Groningen.
Students have followed their internship/courses at the following locations:
Boston Children's Hospital, USA: Data collection with MRI for research on language disorders

TEXTGAIN BV: working on the EU Project PANORAMA Developing hate speech monitoring technology for Greek and Albanian

Bilingualism and Aging Lab at the University of Groningen. The Netherlands: research on language learning in the third age, working with behavioral and neuroimaging data

Reading's Institute of Education, UK: collecting, processing and analyzing eye-tracking data

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria: Dynamic Analysis of Language Learning in the Third Age project

University of Leeds, Leeds Child Development Center: children's online adjective processing, processing in referential communication

University of Stellenbosch, Taalsentrum, South Africa: readability measurement of texts written in Afrikaans and IsiXhosa

University of Stockholm, Linguistics Department, Sweden: typology, evolution, and extended uses of temperature in language, data collection and analysis of Germanic languages

University of Bristol, UK, OPEN project: conversation analytic research on out-of-hours primary medical care

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
wettelijk tarief : € 2314 (€1157 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 13600
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16000

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2024
collegegeld nog niet bekend


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

Excellent academic record, with a grade of 8.0 or higher on the thesis written for the B.A. or previous M.A. degree.

A Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 185.

reference letter
Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

A letter outlining the prospective student's motivation for selecting the programme and Research Master's track, including their expectations and interests.

De stad


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.

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

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

Marja 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. And I have never regretted my decision...
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.

lees verder ...


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1/7 RUG
Language and Cognition
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
31 eerstejaars
74% vrouw
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2/7 RUG
Language and Communication Technologies (Double Degree Programme)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
31 eerstejaars
74% vrouw
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3/7 RUG
star Keuzegids topopleiding 2017
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
31 eerstejaars
74% vrouw
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Clinical Linguistics / EMCL
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
31 eerstejaars
74% vrouw
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5/7 Universiteit Leiden
Linguistics (Research)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
44 eerstejaars
61% vrouw
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6/7 UU
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
26 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
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7/7 Amsterdam UVA
Linguistics (research MA)
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

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 many sub-fields of Linguistics, such as Neuro- or Clinical Linguistics, Language Development, Sociolinguistics or Theoretical Linguistics. Other options are Speech Technology, Discourse 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.

Analytical skills involve the ability to recognize patterns and link these to theoretical explanations.

Communication skills, such as writing and giving oral presentations, are part of all coursework and you receive experience and feedback to hone your abilities in these areas.

Students in our programme further gain experience in working as a team, through course projects but also the required internship.

A final focus is on methodological skills; through required coursework in statistics and corpus analysis students learn how to analyze corpora of texts to make generalizations based on quantitative findings. Elective modules are also available which train students to design experiments and carry out research in laboratory environments.

Potentiële beroepen

applied researcher
educational specialist at a publisher
information specialist at a public organization (e.g. the dutch ministry of foreign affairs, the police academy, or the centraal administratiekantoor)
lecturer in secondary education
project leader
research oriented career in linguistics
science journalist
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Prof. Dr. Janet Fuller

Director of Studies

Caroline Dijkema

Study Advisor

Mireya Harmsen MA

coordinator: for all questions regarding application

Nikki Hoekzema

Student Ambassador

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