The Research Master's Programme Linguistics lasts for two years and has a 120 EC study load. 


The Course planner contains an overview of the courses in your study programme, including useful information about individual courses. Do not forget to select the proper academic year from the drop-down menu!

The programme coordinator is available if you require assistance selecting your courses. As a student of this programme, you may also take the supplementary course Academic Writing in English.  

Below you will find a detailed description of your curriculum.

Year 1

Semester 1 & 2
  • MA Rotation
  • Participation in ILS colloquium
Block 1 (15 EC)
  • Foundations of Sound Patterns
  • Language and its Structure: Syntax
  • Methods of Language Sciences
Block 2 (15 EC)
  • Foundations of Meaning (block 2 & 3)
  • LOT Winter School (block 2 & 3)
  • Foundations of Language, Brain & Cognition
  • Foundations of Language Acquisition
Block 3 (15 EC)
  • Foundations of Meaning (block 2 & 3)
  • LOT Winter School (block 2 & 3)
  • 2 electives (choice out of Experimentation in Psychology, Linguistics and AI, Topics in Morpho-Syntax or Topics in Language and Artificial Intelligence)
Block 4 (15 EC)
  • LOT School & Research Skills Seminar I
  • 2 electives (choice out of Topics in Discourse and Language Use, Topics in Language Acquisition or Topics in Psycholinguistics)

Year 2

Block 1 (15 EC)
  • Research Seminar & LOT Summer School II
  • 10 EC of electives (2024-2025: choice out of Language, Information and Communication and Syntax and Cognition: Interfaces; as of 2025-2026: Team Language Science Project)
Block 2 (15 EC)
  • Internship (ILS or elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad)
Block 3 & 4 (30 EC)
  • Thesis
  • Thesis seminar

Exam requirements

When you start this programme, you will be registered for its exam programme. This is a 'translation' of the exam requirements described in the Education and Examination Regulations. In order to complete your Master's programme you will need to meet the exam requirements.

Study Progress Report (SPR)

Your study progress report lists all of your current results, and tells you how far along you are in meeting your exam requirements. View your study progress report in OSIRIS > tab Progress.

Making a change

In your report you can check if all your achieved results have been properly recorded and are listed under the correct heading. If you find any results under 'Other' that you would like to include in your study programme, or if you have other changes to make, follow these steps:

  • Go to Osiris Student > Cases > My cases > Start a new case by using the plus icon in the bottom right corner. 
  • A new window will open. Make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off for the new window to open. 
  • Choose Request Board of Examiners. Select case type Approval courses UU or SVO changes.