Study programme

Linguistics (Research MA)


Linguistics is a Research Master's programme, which means that it prepares participants for entry into a related PhD programme, or other research position. The programme allows students to specialise in any of a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines and puts a sharp focus on methodological issues. The core courses concentrate on language universals and learnability, which are the focus areas of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC). In these core courses, the student is acquainted with performing linguistic research from different theoretical and thematic perspectives. 

The programme can be adapted to the needs of the individual student. The electives, tutorials (research projects under close guidance of a supervisor) and the final thesis project allow the student to choose any specialisation present within the ACLC or the Institute for Logic, Language and Communication (ILLC).

Programme structure

The Research Master's programme Linguistics comprises 120 ECTS credits:

  • 90 credits for core courses, electives and tutorials.
  • 30 credits for the Research Master's thesis project.

Detailed course information

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

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional Master's 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 programme. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.

Current Issues

The 'Current Issues' sessions constitute a weekly meeting point for all students. In these sessions new developments in linguistics are discussed on the basis of recent articles. Special attention is paid to the ideas presented in the articles, the way the articles are structured, the data on which they are based and the methodology. The sessions also facilitate training and evaluation of participants' presentation and discussion skills.

Substituting courses

UvA linguists work in close collaboration with their colleagues at the University of Leiden. Students from the research programme can substitute courses offered in the advanced Linguistics programme at the University of Leiden for one or more seminars or tutorials -  subject to the programme director's approval (no additional costs are involved). The programme also accommodates participation (at moderate additional costs) in the winter and summer schools offered by the Dutch National Graduate School for Linguistics (LOT).


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

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

18 June 2018