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Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics and Communication Sciences (Research) Radboud University




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Whenever we use language – whether it’s written, spoken or signed – we’re communicating. How does this work, and how and why does miscommunication occur? How does language fit together and how do we learn to understand each other?

Master's Linguistics and Communication Sciences: something for you?

You'll develop a unique professional profile by specialising in an area that meets your interests and research ambitions.
You’ll gain substantial hands-on research experience during two lab rotations.
Radboud University has excellent facilities for doing research.

What will you learn?

The research master’s programme in Linguistics and Communication Sciences offers a multidisciplinary perspective on how the fields of linguistics and communication studies complement one another. This approach is unique in the Netherlands. This research master’s programme focuses strongly on empirical research. You’ll study real language in real-life situations and use your observations to develop possible theories. Later, you’ll test these theories against everyday reality. In this way, you’ll discover the richness of both language and communication and be well prepared to conduct original research on language related issues. This programme is initially intended to prepare its students for a career in research, in particular for PhD positions, although other career options in the field are also open to you.

Career prospects

Master's programme in Linguistics and Communication Sciences (Research)

This research Master’s aims to train students to become skilled empirical linguists or communications experts with a deep understanding of language and communication. By the end of the programme you’ll

Have acquired empirical research skills at an advanced level, including a thorough understanding of approaches and techniques that support corpus-based, experimental, and computational research;
Be able to describe and apply general knowledge on the historical roots and modern developments within the fields of Linguistics and Communication Studies, and are capable of relating these fields to each other;
Have become a specialist in a certain area within the fields of linguistics and communication studies: the start of your professional profile;
Be able to engage in the social debates regarding linguistics and communication issues.
Have acquired English academic writing skills and have practiced writing a publishable scholarly article and a proposal for a PhD project;
Have started to build up a professional (inter)national network.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics and Communication Sciences (Research).

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

€9,124.00 (7,21,183) per year




Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirement for international students

A completed Bachelor's degree from a Research University in Linguistics, in Communication Studies, in a modern language or a related area.
Your average grade during the second and third years of your BA studies has to have been at least a 7.5 and your Bachelor’s thesis had to have received a grade of at least 8.0. (Grades in the Netherlands are out of 10.

Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to be fluent in English, both in speaking and in writing. Non-native speakers of English* need one of the following:

A TOEFL score of ≥ 600 (paper based) or ≥100 (internet based)
A IELTS score of ≥7.0
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

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