Linguistics (Research)

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

The Master's in Linguistics (Research) at Leiden University combines an expansive curriculum with leading expertise and a flexible programme format.


typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is an institute with a long-standing international reputation for excellence.

Our two-year research master's capitalises on this expertise. Choose from the largest selection of languages offered in Continental Europe and an exceptional range of linguistic approaches including comparative, historical, descriptive, theoretical, experimental and formal. Explore sub-fields including phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse, or pragmatics.

Small classes ensure you have plenty of direct contact with your lecturers and a high-level of guidance and support throughout your studies.

An important aspect of this programme is developing your ability to conduct original and innovative research. Join international peers at conferences, workshops and lecture series, all of which will help you forge an outstanding start to your career.
Geesteswetenschappen: Jouw vooruitzicht op werk

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University offers ambitious students a world-class environment in which to reach their full potential.
  • Leiden University's Humanities department recently ranked number 1 in Europe and 17th worldwide in the Times Higher Education ranking. At Leiden University, you gain access to the resources of our world-famous library. Attend conferences, workshops and lecture series that will connect you to the leading minds in the field.
  • The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is a leading centre of research and teaching, with expertise in the largest selection of languages in Continental Europe. Small classes give students valuable time interacting with their lecturers and a high level of support and guidance.
  • Our Master's in Linguistics (Research) programme allows you to study specific areas of interest not available elsewhere. Choose from a vast range of languages and sub-fields, follow courses at another university, or conduct field research abroad.
  • Our reputation as a centre of excellence means that your qualification is respected by organisations worldwide. Our graduates enjoy successful careers thanks to their mix of relevant professional abilities, specialised and in-depth knowledge, and critical-thinking skills.


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The two-year MA in Linguistics (Research) programme consists of core courses, short courses, electives and an academic thesis.
During your studies you will follow:
  • Two core courses;
  • Two short courses taught by experienced researchers;
  • Courses from Summer and Winter Schools of the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT). One course must be taken in your first year, and one course in your second year.
  • Electives from any of the specialisations within the Master's in Linguistics programme. You may also replace an elective course with an internship at an organisation.
  • A thesis based on original research.

For a detailed programme and course descriptions, please see the e-Prospectus: . This guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may differ slightly.

1e jaar
Core: Research Methods in 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
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
groepsdiscussie, hoorcollege, individuele opdracht, literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, seminar, stage, werkcollege, werkgroep, zelfstudie
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.

Students can apply who have:

  • Good study results in the bachelor's programme;
  • The ambition and motivation to develop leadership qualities;
  • A broad and interdisciplinary span of interest.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend


Affinity with the field should be demonstrated by a “Research Proposal”. All applicants are required to submit a Research Proposal of approximately 1000 words, accompanied by an annotated bibliography of at least five (5) items, outlining the topic or field of research that the applicant wishes to pursue at Leiden University, and indicating the names of one or two faculty members who might guide that research.

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

You are asked to provide a transcript of records and diploma of the relevant obtained academic degree.

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.

Your motivation and suitability for your chosen specialization should be demonstrated by a well-argued and structured motivation letter in which the applicant indicates why you want to follow the programme and convincingly discuss what makes you a good candidate for the research MA programme. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.

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

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 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


101 studenten volgen deze opleiding
61% daarvan is vrouw
44 eerstejaars gestart in 2019
61% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


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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

Sofja Volkova
Prof. Van Heuven


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€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
44 eerstejaars
61% vrouw
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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74% vrouw
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3/7 RUG
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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74% vrouw
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
31 eerstejaars
74% vrouw
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5/7 RUG
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
31 eerstejaars
74% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
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€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
26 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
7/7 Amsterdam UVA
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€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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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 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Linguistics (Research) aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 22 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.0 uit 5.

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