Application and admission

General Linguistics (Linguistics)

The Master's in General Linguistics is open for application to all students who meet the following criteria.

A university Bachelor’s diploma

The Master’s in General Linguistics is open for application to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA or from another accredited university, in:

  • Linguistics
  • Sign Linguistics
  • A specific language with a strong background in linguistics (as indicated by an equivalent of 30 ECTS of linguistics courses and a Master's thesis on the linguistics of the language).

Student profile

You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme if you have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields of study and can demonstrate basic demonstrable academic knowledge in the field of linguistics and good research skills at Bachelor’s level. You are able to conduct research independently (i.e. collecting material, applying theory, and writing a thesis) and have a strong interest in the typology of languages and one of our specialisations: Phonetics and phonology, syntax and semantics, sign linguistics or language acquisition and disorders.

Grade average

If you wish to successfully complete this Master's programme, we recommend that you have an overall grade point average (GPA) of

  • B/3.0 (American system)
  • 2.1 (an upper second class degree in the British system)
  • C (ECTS-system), or
  • 7.0 (Dutch system)

Note: admission will not be granted solely on the basis of sufficient grade point average.

English language requirements

Before starting their Master programme, students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at advanced academic level. Please carefully check whether you meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test:

Application documents

To apply for this Master's programme you will need to upload a variety of application documents. An overview and explanation of the different documents can be found in the document Application documents explained. Please see: Submit your application.


Published by  Faculty of Humanities

13 December 2017