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With your MA-degree you could become a policy consultant, or an advisor to national and international governmental organizations and NGOs. You could also become an expert on how to deal with multilingualism in education, or on how to approach language planning for governments.

Upon graduation students hold a (60 ECTS) MA degree in Linguistics with specialisation in Multilingualism from the University of Groningen. A student's career after that depends on the kind of person they are. The field of multilingualism is open for enterprising minds. Being one of the main challenges in a globalizing world multilingualism creates many issues, situations and problems that can be solved only by experts.

Linguistics is a field of science that is becoming increasingly important to other fields. Language is central to the study of human behaviour and activities. A degree in Linguistics can therefore also see you into a career in related fields such psychology, sociology, computer science or education sciences. Many of the skills you are taught in an MA in Linguistics are transferable. You will probably find that your analytical competence, ability to write, as well as your capacity to solve problems will significantly improve after studying towards an MA degree.

We advice our students to complete an internship in the field of their interest. In term one of the MA a career class is organised with more information.

With your MA-degree you could become a policy consultant, or an advisor to national and international governmental organizations and NGOs. You could also become an expert on how to deal with multilingualism in education, or on how to approach language planning for governments.

Upon graduation students hold a (60 ECTS) MA degree in Linguistics with a track in Multilingualism from the University of Groningen. A student's career after that depends on the kind of person they are. The field of multilingualism is open for enterprising minds. Being one of the main challenges in a globalizing world multilingualism creates many issues, situations and problems that can be solved only by experts.

Linguistics is a field of science that is becoming increasingly important to other fields. Language is central to the study of human behaviour and activities. A degree in Linguistics can therefore also see you into a career in related fields such psychology, sociology, computer science or education sciences. Many of the skills you are taught in an MA in Linguistics are transferable. You will probably find that your analytical competence, ability to write, as well as your capacity to solve problems will significantly improve after studying towards an MA degree.

We advice our students to complete an internship in the field of their interest. In term one of the MA a career class is organised with more information.

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  • Consultant
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  • Translation expert
  • Opleidingsvideo

    Does learning a new language change the way we think?

    This footage is taken from the event 'Multilingual Fryslân: The Key Debates' - an event organised to celebrate the launch of the master's programme in multilingualism by the University of Groningen and University Campus Fryslân

    On the 12th and 13th September 2013 eight distinguished scientists met to debate longstanding and provocative questions relating to multilingualism.

    <div>Four debates were held over two evenings and were open to the general public. Moderating the debates was Professor Frans Zwarts of the University Campus Fryslân.</div> <div></div> <div> <div>The topic of the four debates were: "Does learning a new language change the way we think?" with Geoff Pullum and Guillaume Thierry.</div> <div>"Is language an innate property of humans, or is it something acquired?" with Daniel Everett and Ian Roberts.</div> <div>"Is it possible to reverse the trend when a speaker group has started to language shift?" with Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Sue Wright.</div> <div>"How can language policy ensure the maintenance of linguistic diversity?" with Robert Phillipson and Abram de Swaan</div> </div>
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    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Opleidingsvideo

    Studying Multilingualism in Friesland

    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Testimonial van Sophie Gruhn

    In the future I would like to develop language tests and educational material for multilingual children

    Multilingualism is a very recent development in our society and it is no longer exceptional to speak several languages. We need to make adaptations in the field of language policy and education, we need to better protect language minorities, and we need new research about language change and variation. These are just a few examples of the fields you can specialize in during this Master's track.

    I chose to do a Master’s track abroad because I wanted to seize the opportunity get to know another language and culture, as well as to improve my English. This all adds up to quite an advantage if you want to work in the field of multilingualism, especially if you live and study in a bilingual area as in Friesland.

    One of the course units I’m following this semester is Language Minorities: The Case of Frisian. This course unit is a bit different in that every week we have an excursion and some practical work to do. For example, we conducted a survey at the NHL in Leeuwarden and asked students about their attitudes towards Frisian, and another time we analysed the distribution of different languages in a street in Leeuwarden.

    One of the best things about the programme is that you can combine your thesis with a placement, which gives you the chance to make an initial connection with the companies you would like to work with after your studies.

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    – Sophie Gruhn
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