2 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)
Bachelor's degree in Linguistics.
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Application deadline: 1 May (1 April if you want to use the housing options of the VU)
Worum geht's im Studium

The Research Master's in Linguistics is a two-year programme which will enable you to develop into a professional researcher. The programme deals with linguistics in its broadest sense. All students take general courses in the field of linguistic research, both on theory and methodology. In addition, you will select an area in which you wish to specialize. During the programme, you will choose four courses from a list of available Master's courses. You will base your choice on your own interests and the specialisation that you wish to pursue. Our areas of expertise include not only phonology and syntax but also subjects such as textual and/or genre analysis, anthropological linguistics, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and linguistic engineering. The programme is taught in English.

Linguistic Engineering is a specialisation in the Research Master Linguistics that is worked out in detail. Linguistic Engineering is a young research field that holds a unique position between linguistics and computer science. The programme is offered by the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL), a leading research group in computational linguistics. Both bachelors in linguistics and bachelors in computer science, AI etc. are encouraged to apply. 

A job as... a researcher, a teacher, an editor...

  • PhD-student
  • Your most likely prospect after completing your Research Master’s is to set up your own research programme as a PhD student. This involves carrying out research under the guidance of a supervisor, and writing a PhD thesis on the subject. 
  • Researcher
    You can also embark on a career at a research institute outside of the academic setting. There are many research institutes eager to welcome researchers schooled in qualitative and quantitative research. 
  • Other opportunities
    But you can also embark on a career outside the field of research, for instance as an editor, a language policy worker in education for a local or national government, or a teacher.

And as a Linguistic Engineer...
All of the opportunities mentioned are open for research masters in Linguistic Engineering. Language technology is rapidly developing field of research. What is more, in linguistic research nowadays a firm background in language technology is extremely valuable in the context of manipulating large datasets. In addition, the language industry is very keen on linguists with a technical background. Being a graduate of the CLTL will certainly increase your chances.

For more information create your own program brochure on
Request up to five programs and select which information you wish to receive. After sending the request, you will get an email with a download link for your pdf brochure.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
Faculty of Arts 
De Boelelaan 1105, room 11A-34
1081 HV Amsterdam

Dr. Petra Bos
phone: (020) 598 6576


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