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Linguistics: the Study of the Language Faculty

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24 months
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Netherlands Government
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Research University

Program description

The Master's in Linguistics gives you insights into the many ways that language is embedded in human cognition through research and study into such topics as phonetics, semantics, syntax and text.

The Master's programme in Linguistics, which is taught in English, is intended for students from all over the world who combine a talent for research with curiosity about language and are interested in pursuing research into language and the way it is embedded in human cognition. The programme is guided by the following main questions: Which cognitive faculties underlie human language, and how do they interact?

This programme offers courses in the following fields: computational linguistics and logic, experimental psycholinguistics, language acquisition, phonetics, phonology/morphology, semantics/pragmatics, syntax (and its interfaces with other systems), and text linguistics. Students select one of these fields as their major and complement it with a minor to suit their individual interests.

Part of the curriculum consists of an internship in a research project within the Utrecht institute of Linguistics (OTS) or another research institute in the Netherlands or abroad. Students complete their studies by writing a Master's thesis based on their research.

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top 100 position in the international university rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Admission requirements

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 237, TOEFL internet based: 93

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