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Linguistics

Language is a central topic in cognitive science, computer science and the study of human behaviour. The research tracks of Linguistics study these fields in depth.

Language can be studied in many ways. You can, for example analyse texts or computer corpora, listen to people speak, or measure properties of sound waves in the lab. You can choose from:

All research tracks are taught in English.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Linguistics (research)
Course type
Research master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60817
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups
  • A challenging multidisciplinary approach
  • Research Assistantships
Programme
Programme options
Clinical Linguistics (EMCL+) (track)

How is language stored in the brain? What effects can brain damage have on our ability to use language? And why do some children have difficulty learning language? Find it out in this track.

The two-year international Research Master's track in Clinical Linguistics is part of the prestigious international Erasmus Mundus programme in Clinical Linguistics, EMCL+. EMCL+ is an integrated two-year Master's programme offered jointly by a consortium of the Universities of Groningen (NL), Potsdam (DE) and Eastern Finland (FI) and 15 associated partners from the academic, R&D, and clinical sector, finishing with a joint Msc degree from the three institutions. It is a full-time interdisciplinary and transnational university programme at the Masters level, providing integrated training in neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and clinical linguistics.

The regular study period is 24 months. It consists of 4 semesters; 3 teaching semesters and a fourth semester to finish the internship and masters thesis. After finishing this track you will receive a joint degree.

Most recent information on the EMCL + programme can be found at: emcl.eu

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Language and Communication Technologies (track)

How do we cope with the information overload of modern media? What is the best way to collect data in a multilingual environment? Find out in this international Double Degree track.

The track in Language and Communication Technologies combines Theoretical Linguistics and Computer Science. You will study language technology in a multi-lingual setting.

The two-year training is part of the prestigious international Erasmus Mundus programme. The first year you will start in Groningen. You will finish the programme with a stay at one of our partner universities in the second year. After completing the track, you will receive two Master's degrees: a degree in Linguistics in Groningen and a second Master's degree depending on the partner university you chose to stay at.

The programme consists of compulsory and optional courses. In this way, you can design the programme to fit your interests. In addition, you will do a research project and write a Master's thesis.

Language and Communication Technologies is an Erasmus Mundus programme.

Language and Cognition (track)

How is language stored in the brain? How do we acquire a foreign language? Is it possible to forget your mother tongue? Which factors play a role in effective communication?

Language and Cognition is a selective two-year Research Master's program that prepares you for entry into a related PhD program, or other research positions. The program offers a unique combination of neuro- and psycholinguistics, theoretical linguistics, developmental linguistics, computational linguistics and communications science. The key focus of the Research Master's program is on the cognitive aspects and processes underlying human language – and their interaction, which is the focus area 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 program is meant for talented students from all over the world who aspire to doresearch in the field of Linguistics. After finishing the degree, you will have acquired essential research skills and fundamental knowledge of linguistics analysis, language development, and language processing. Are you curious if you are eligible for the Research Master's program? Check the entry requirements.

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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.

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Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

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). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1. If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Transfer options

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Engelse Taal en CultuurAll Research universities

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Communication and Information StudiesAll Research universities

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Minorities & MultilingualismAll Research universities

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Romaanse Talen en CulturenAll Research universities

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ClassicsAll Research universities

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Information ScienceAll Research universities

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Nederlandse Taal en CultuurAll Research universities

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Duitse Taal en CultuurAll Research universities

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Finoegrische Talen en CulturenAll Research universities

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LinguisticsAll Research universities

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Scandinavische Talen en CulturenAll Research universities

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Middle Eastern StudiesAll Research universities

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Slavische Talen en CulturenAll Research universities

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Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

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). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1.

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
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 11500full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

All research masters are good stepping-stones to a PhD position, or other research careers. Depending on your choice of programme, you are also prepared for a career in the IT industry, in speech technology, clinical linguistics or speech and language therapy.

Research

Research institute CLCG

The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) is a research institute within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. It is the institutional home for all the linguistic research carried out within the faculty. Within the CLCG there are four different research groups:

Computational linguistics

Discourse and Communication

Neurolinguistics and Language Development

Theoretical and Empirical Linguistics

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    I really enjoy the enthusiasm and passion that the teachers have here

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    My name is Isolde van Dorst (21) and I am currently studying the Erasmus Mundus Language and Communication Technologies. Before this, I studied the bachelor English Language and Culture here at the University of Groningen as well.

    Why Groningen?

    I chose this Master's track because I was interested in linguistics (through my bachelor), but I also wanted to expand into a different direction than I was able to during my bachelor. As I already went abroad during my bachelor, I knew I would enjoy that part of this programme very much as well. However, I did decide to still apply for a place at the University of Groningen, in my home country, because I really enjoy the enthusiasm and passion that the teachers have here. In addition, it is a high ranking university that would help me develop as a person as well as a student.

    Future

    After finishing my Master's track I am hoping to either get a PhD position in computational linguistics or find a job that allows me to travel as well as inspires me to continue expanding my knowledge.

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    PhD at the University of Amsterdam

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    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.

    In the two years of the programme I learned all the research skills that I was going to need for my PhD, from critical thinking to writing research papers. 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.

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    EMCL has strengthen my desire to pursuit an academic career

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    I decided to apply for EMCL because I aspired for a career in academia. I requested coming to UG for two semesters because I had a particular interest in aphasia, and therefore I wanted to work with Prof. Roelien Bastiaanse. That was a good decision! The city of Groningen is simply charming, and the University has impressive facilities.

    As for the courses, I particularly enjoyed the research-oriented teaching methodology. By the end of the taught semesters, I did not feel stressed about coming up with my own ideas for a thesis. This also prepared me for writing an application for a PhD position.

    I am currently a third-year PhD student in the International Doctorate in Experimental Approaches to Language and Brain (IDEALAB). I have travelled between IDEALAB partner universities in Italy, Australia and The Netherlands (Groningen), where I am supervised by internationally renowned researchers, and I have access to neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques which I was able to use during my experiments. The fact that I had already learned about Event Related Potentials (ERPs) during EMCL, made it easier for me to address my PhD topic from different perspectives.

    EMCL has strengthen my desire to pursuit an academic career. I am confident that the network that I have established and the skills that I have acquired in the past five years will be key to reach my goals.

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    PhD at Queen Mary University of London

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    In the final year of my bachelor studies in computer science, I decided that I wanted to do a master where I would be able to apply my knowledge about the field. When I heard about the Master's track in LCT, I applied immediately. I got in, which allowed me the possibility to stay for an other year in the city of Groningen.

    What attracted me in studying at the UG, was that it is a transparant university. I could easily access course descriptions and materials. What I also liked, was that I had the possibility to take courses outside my faculty. For example in philosophy. Besides studying, I did a lot of sports like fencing, swimming and horse riding. The student life experience in Groningen was amazing for me.

    During my study, I got an internship at Paylogic (a ticketing company based in Groningen). Later, I've joined Paylogic as a backend developer and I gained a PhD position at Queen Mary University of London. Here I work on Distributional Semantics, looking at the meaning of representations of words and phrases. Currently, I am in the final year of my PhD and I am looking for postdoc positions. Who knows, maybe there will be one in Groningen!

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Holland Scholarship

Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more on the Holland Scholarship.

Research Assistants Programme

Talented and motivated students who start in September in one of the five Research Master Programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts, may apply for a paid position of one day a week at the university.

Read more about the Research Assistants Programme positions.

Master’s degree programme in Linguistics

The Faculty of Arts also offers a one year master’s degree programme in 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/

Synthesis

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.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/468316950175210/
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Study support

Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example study delay, a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor.

In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC), for example on study stress and holding presentations.