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Linguistics: Language and Communication

This is a specialisation within the MA Linguistics

Students take four 10 EC courses (or equivalent), as follows:

Course 1: Pragmatics or De sturende kracht van taal
Courses 2 & 3: Any other two courses from the list below.
Course 4: Any course offered within the MA Linguistics or a course on a linguistic subject taught in another MA, subject to approval by the Board of Examiners.

All courses

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Obligatory course: Choose 1 of 2

Pragmatics 10
De sturende kracht van taal 10

Electives: Select 2 courses from the list below:

Politiek Debat 10
Retorisch vuurwerk: een canon van Nederlandse toespraken 10
Topics in Amerindian Ethnolinguistics 10
Sociolinguistics 10
Stilistiek: formuleringskeuzes en overtuigingskracht 10
Cognitive approaches to second language acquisition 10
Taalcontact, taalplanning en nationalisme 10
Didactiek van het Nederlands als tweede taal 10
Oral Traditions 10
Argumentative and Rhetorical Practices 10
Vertaalwetenschap 10
Een argumentatieve benadering van populisme 10
Non-standard English 10
Sociolinguïstiek van het vroegmoderne Leiden 10
The Sociolinguistics of Second Language Acquisition 10
Individual project 10

Elective: select any course within the MA linguistics


MA Thesis Linguistics 20

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Full-time and Part-time
Master thesis and requirements for graduation



The MA Linguistics has the following objectives:
1. to enable students to acquire academic knowledge, understanding and skills, and train them in the use of scientific methods in the field of linguistics;
2. to enable students to develop the following academic and professional skills: – independent academic reasoning and conduct, – the ability to analyse complex problems, – academic reporting;
3. to prepare students for an academic career and further education;
4. to prepare students for a career outside academia.


The Master programme in Linguistics (60 EC) offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. With several specialisations on offer you have the possibility to choose a specific research area.


  • Courses from specialisation 30 EC

  • Optional Course 10 EC

  • MA Thesis 20 EC

Full-time and Part-time

All specialisations are offered in Full-time. English Language and Linguistics, French Language and Linguistics, and Translation in Theory and Practice are offered in Full-time as well as Part-time.

Master thesis and requirements for graduation

In order to start your MA Thesis, you must have earned at least 20 EC. For more detailed information, see: MA Thesis Linguistics.

Requirements for graduation are:

  • Successful completion of courses, following the structure of the specific specialisation (40 EC)

  • Successful completion of MA Thesis 20 EC

Please note that you are also asked to fulfill certain administrative procedures, as can be found on the MA Linguistics website.


The programme has the following specialisations:

  • Chinese Linguistics

  • Comparative Indo-European Linguistics

  • English Language and Linguistics

  • French Language and Linguistics

  • German Language and Linguistics

  • Italian Language and Linguistics

  • Language and Communication

  • Language Diversity of Africa, Asia and Native America

  • Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics

  • Translation in Theory and Practice (Dutch/English)


Masterlanguage is a national network of courses for language students. It offers courses in German, English, French, Italian, Classic languages (Greek and Latin) and Dutch. The course subjects are: language, literature and culture, and are taught in the target language. They take place at the locations of the participating universities.More information can be found at their website.