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.