Entry requirements

Linguistics (Research MA)

The Research Master's programme Linguistics is open for application to all students with:

A university Bachelor’s diploma

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

  • Linguistics
  • Dutch Studies

Other Bachelor's diploma's

Although a background in Linguistics is recommended and preferred, students with a BA in other disciplines, especially in the Sciences or in Psychology, are encouraged to apply as well. In this case, a personal interview may be part of the selection process, to establish your capacity to successfully participate in the programme.

Student profile

You will be considered for admission to the Master’s program if you have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields of study and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • Excellent research skills at Bachelor’s level. You are able to conduct research independently (i.e. collecting material, applying theory, and writing a thesis).
  • Strong academic interest  and a desire to contribute eagerly and critically to the academic and interdisciplinary environment of our Graduate School, demonstrated in a convincing motivation letter in which you explain why you think you can successfully finish 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.

Selection procedure

All prospective students are subject to a selection process. We will compare your file to that of other applicants. Distinguish yourself with solid academic knowledge in the field of study, high grades and a convincing and convincing letter of motivation.

Grade average

If you wish to apply for a Research Master's programme, you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least an

  • A/3.6 (American system)
  • 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
  • B (ECTS-system), or 
  • 7.5 (Dutch system)

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

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.

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  Graduate School of Humanities

13 February 2018