Admission requirements

Language and Society (Linguistics)

The Master's in Language and Society is open for application to all students who meet the following criteria.

A university Bachelor’s diploma

The Master's in Language and Society is open for application to all students holding a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or from another accredited university, in: 

  • One of the languages in which the candidate wishes to specialise (target language) with preferably 15-20 credits in linguistics.
  • European Studies, with at least 30 credits of coursework in the target language.
  • Linguistics, with at least 30 credits of coursework in the target 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/or can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • Basic demonstrable academic knowledge in the field of (theoretical) linguistics. If you do not have a substantial amount of credits/academic knowledge related to the field of study (see above) you will not be admitted. 
  • Good research skills at Bachelor’s level. You are able to conduct research independently (i.e. collecting material, applying theory, and writing a thesis). 
  • The wish to contribute eagerly and critically to the academic and interdisciplinary environment within the Graduate School of Humanities, as shown in a convincing motivation letter in which you explain why you think you would be a good candidate for this specific programme. 

Hbo-bachelor: not eligible

It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a preparatory programme (schakelprogramma) for this Master’s.

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.

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.

Don't forget to mention the language you will be specialising in in your letter of motivation. 

Programme specific application documents

Please specify your choice of language specialisation on the form below and upload it unto your Personal Page under the section 'Other documents' before the application deadline.

English language requirements

New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at advanced academic level. Please carefully check whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you may need to arrange to take an official English language test.


Published by  Faculty of Humanities

13 February 2018