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European Linguistics

How is language constructed and which aspects can be distinguished and studied? How are these aspects realized in different language families and specific languages?

European Linguistics is a one-year Master's track of the MA Linguistics which is based on the strengths of the Groningen linguistics sections (English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish).
It gives students a broad and attractive, but coherent and cohesive, range of options, oriented along the following approaches:

* Empirical investigation of the structure of the European languages, with focus on synchronic and diachronic variation
* Theoretical study of syntax, semantics, morphology, and phonology/phonetics
* Use of a variety of data (native speaker intuitions, corpus data, language acquisition data) and methods

The track focuses on language with all its complexities. The main focus is how to make sense of complex data in order to be able to study the structure, variation, change, and development of language, so as to obtain a better understanding of the human language faculty.

It covers the principal subfields of linguistic study (sound, structure, meaning), and offers plenty of opportunity for students to focus on a particular language or language family (working with specialists in different modern European languages) or to pursue their interests in general linguistics.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Linguistics
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60815
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?

Why choose us?

  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in many different languages as well as in theoretical linguistics
  • A challenging multidisciplinary approach
  • Unique combination of theoretical and descriptive linguistics in a multi-lingual setting
  • Area of study with excellent career opportunities, both in industry and academia
  • Excellent preparation for a PhD
Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Essential Statistics (5 EC)
Comparative Linguistics (10 EC, optional)
Language Development (10 EC, optional)
New Sounds (10 EC, optional)
Res. Meth. Language Development (5 EC)
Debates in Linguistics (10 EC, optional)
Language Variation in Europe: the communicative consequences (10 EC, optional)
Master's Thesis Linguistics (20 EC)

Curriculum

In addition to the range of course units provided by this track itself, students can also follow Masterlanguage courses. Masterlanguage is a national programme that offers courses for students of i.a. German, English, French and Italian.

The courses are taught in the target language (except Greek and Latin) and are jointly organized by lecturers from Radboud University, the University of Groningen, Leiden University, Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. More information about the courses, entry requirements and registration can be found on the Masterlanguage website: https://masterlanguage.nl/taal/engels/. You may follow Masterlanguage courses in consultation with the Board of Examiners of your Master's degree programme.

Programme options
Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Master's placement (specialization)

During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
European Languages and CulturesUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
LinguisticsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Duitse Taal en CultuurAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Engelse Taal en CultuurAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Minorities & MultilingualismAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Finoegrische Talen en CulturenAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Dutch Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Romaanse Talen en CulturenAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Scandinavische Talen en CulturenAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Slavische Talen en CulturenAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Information ScienceAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

previous education

A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

  • a modern European language and culture study
  • Communication- and Information Science
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing
other admission requirements

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Office and the Admissions Board.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 201901 September 2019
15 January 202001 February 2020
15 August 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

A Master's degree in Linguistics (Master's track European Linguistics) is:

  • a solid foundation for future teachers, editors, communication experts, etc.
  • an excellent preparation for a social career related to the areas of theoretical linguistics, descriptive linguistics, language development, speech technology, communication and computer linguistics
  • a stepping stone to further study and training with a view to writing a successful PhD thesis.

Job examples

  • Editor
  • Communications expert
  • Linguistics researcher
Research
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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme European Linguistics, please contact:

University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts

Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Mexico, Russia, China, India, or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more about the OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts

Research Master

Are you interested in a research oriented career? Please also check our Research Master's Programme of Linguistics.

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Study associations

Tw!st

TW!ST is the study association for students of Linguistics in Groningen.
Since it started in 2005, TW!ST has been encouraging students to get to know each other both in and outside the lecture halls. The association organizes trips to language research institutes, symposiums and lectures, and other activities including an introduction camp, drinks and dinner parties and a gala. We also provide our members with study material at discount prices.
http://twistgroningen.nl/
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Study support

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.