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
- Extra requirement Linguistics (research)
- Timetables and calendar
- Prospectus: programme overview and course description
- Application, enrollment and examinations
- Study advice
- Graduation procedures
- Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations
- Boards, committees, and co-participation
- Contact and staff for Linguistics (research)
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.
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)
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).
The timetables for Linguistics (research) will give you the locations and scheduling of your classes, organised per year of study.
The academic calendar provides an overview of course schedules, examination periods and holidays.
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.
- 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 unileidenmasters.nl.
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.
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.
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.
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.