Programme Linguistics (research)

The Research Master’s in Linguistics offers a large and varied selection of subjects and languages. As a result, you have the choice to focus your study programme on a certain theme, or to create your own specialisation.

Programme information

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The Research Master in Linguistics is a specialised research-based programme. This two-year programme is designed to prepare students for a career in research, for example as a PhD student.

The programme is based on the expertise present within the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), specifically in the areas of language diversity and the languages of the World. The students follow two core courses, two Topics courses and 10 ec worth of LOT courses. The remaining 50 ec can be chosen from a list of various courses on topics varying from approaches to language variation and language change to more disciplinary courses in syntax, phonology, semantics and phonetics. You finish the program with a thesis. In addition, numerous conferences, workshops and lecture series are organised by LUCL, and students are encouraged to attend. 

The Research Master’s in Linguistics offers a large and varied selection of subjects and languages. As a result, you have the choice to focus your study programme on a certain theme, or to create your own specialisation. A preliminary list of themes is provided below. Each theme focuses on one sub discipline that is offered in Leiden. You can check the e-prospectus for a list of courses.

  • 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 Linguistics and Cognition

  • Translation in Theory and Practice (Dutch/English)

Extra requirement Linguistics (research)

Each student has to follow two linguistics courses of each 10 EC (so in total 20 EC) from the regular (one year) MA Linguistics Programme within Leiden, or from other regular (one year) MA Programmes at the Faculty of Humanities in Leiden that offer linguistics courses (Russian Studies, Asian Studies, etc.) with an extra requirement.

Read more about the extra requirement for students in Linguistics (research).

Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course description

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Linguistics (research) section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the departmental Teaching Committee
  • the departmental or institute administration ór Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff for Linguistics (research)

Last Modified: 01-12-2016