Study programme

General Linguistics (Linguistics)


The Master's programme in General Linguistics gives you the opportunity to specialise in one of the field's several subdisciplines. All courses are taught in English, are task-oriented and require a high degree of involvement.

Programme structure

The Master's programme General Linguistics comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for seminars addressing sub-areas of linguistics.
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

Over the course of the year, students must attend 6 extracurricular lectures offered by either the Master's programme itself or the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC).


First semester

Your first semester consists of the following courses:

  • Phonetics and Phonology 1
  • Syntax and Semantics 1
  • Language Acquisition and Disorders 1
  • Sign Linguistics 1

plus a Term Paper on one of the above four courses* 

* If you specialise in clinical linguistics, you write your term paper in combination with a course on Language Assessment.

Second semester

Your second semester consists of the following courses:

  • Statistics in Linguistics

plus one of the following four courses:

  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Syntax and Semantics 2
  • Language Acquisition and Disorders 2
  • Sign Linguistics 2


The Master's Thesis comprises 18 ECTS. It reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser(s). If you specialise in clinical linguistics, you can optionally combine your thesis with an internship.

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see the UvA Course Catalogue (link below).


For more information about available internships and the experiences of other student interns, please follow the link.

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

4 July 2017