Research Master Linguistics

The Research Master’s in Linguistics is a two-year programme which will enable you to develop into a professional researcher. The programme deals with linguistics in its broadest sense. All students take general courses in the field of linguistic research, both on theory and methodology (so-called ‘core courses’). In addition, you will select an area in which you wish to specialize. During the programme, you will choose four courses from a list of available Master’s courses. You will base your choice on your own interests and the specialization that you wish to pursue. Our areas of expertise include not only phonology and syntax but also subjects such as text and/or genre analysis, anthropological linguistics, and applied linguistics. The programme is taught in English. For further information about the programme, career prospects, admission and application, please click here.

Apart from composing your own area of expertise, you can also opt for a set programme. Currently, we offer two such programmes:

The first set programme is called Linguistic Engineering. This is a young research field that holds a unique position between linguistics and computer science. The programme is offered by the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL), a leading research group in computational linguistics. Students holding a BA in Linguistics, Computer science or Artificial intelligence are encouraged to apply. For further information about this programme, please click here.

Forensic Linguistics/ Language and the Law is the second set programme we offer. Forensic Linguistics is a new and exciting field which has both a narrow and a broad definition. In its more specific sense it denotes the use of linguistic evidence in the courtroom. In its broader sense it refers to all areas of overlap between language and the law, including the language used in legal or quasi-legal settings by participants including judges, lawyers, witnesses, police officers and interpreters. Graduates of this programme will have acquired the theoretical background and practical casework experience to be able to analyse disputed texts, recognize a “language crime” such as bribery or threatening communication (nowadays often sent via social media), and identify participants in the police station or courtroom who are at a linguistic disadvantage and therefore vulnerable to miscarriages of justice. For further information about this programme, please click here.