The Research Master's Programme Linguistics lasts for two years and has a 120 EC study load. Please refer to the fact sheet as a supplement to the student website and as a guide during your academic years.


  • The Course planner contains an overview of the courses in your study programme's exam requirements, including useful information about individual courses: 
  • Below you will find a detailed description of your curriculum.

Your mentor and/or the programme coordinator are 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.  

In blocks 1 and 2 of year 1, the RM programme offers 6 obligatory courses. They cover the fundamentals of the field, and create a common body of knowledge for all RM students to build on for the electives from block 3 onwards. The Foundations of Meaning class takes place in the first half of block 2 and the second half of block 3 in order to permit participation in the LOT Winter School (in January). There will be a special set of methodology courses available for all first-year RM students to choose from in the LOT Winter School. These require special preparation before the school, and imply attendence and homework assignments to complete the course. For more details on the programme of the LOT Winter School and the RM course requirements, consult the LOT website.

In the blocks 3 and 4 of year 1, students get to choose 2 electives (out of 7 in total: 4 in block 3 and 3 in block 4), in order to develop a more specialized research profile. You can check the Research Master Electives Humanities site to see which electives you can follow. All RM students participate in the Research Seminar (part I) in block 4, as well as the LOT Summer School (in June or July).

The LOT schools aim at a mixture of advanced RM students, and PhD students, and offer 18 one-week courses over a two-week period in all areas of linguistics. These courses are taught by Dutch and international experts upon invitation. RM students can participate in all the classes on offer, except for the research discussion groups that are offered on top of the regular 18 course program, because they target a PhD audience. RM students are expected to choose four courses over the two-week period of the school, and write their term paper related to the LOT school in blok 1 of year 2, as part of the Research Seminar (part II). For more information on the courses offered in the LOT Summer School, consult the LOT website.

During the entire year, students are expected to participate in the UiL OTS colloquium. ECs for this activity is earned in the context of the Research Seminar.

The MA rotation takes place during the 1st semester of each academic year. It is intended for first-year students.

The MA rotation is a weekly two-hour session students are expected to attend where a variety of researchers from the hosting Institute UiL OTS present their research. By attending the MA rotation, which runs throughout the 1st semester, students acquire a broad overview of the research and researchers available, allowing them to pick supervisors for individually taught items from the widest possible range.

In block 1 of year 2, students choose 2 more electives (out of 3 on offer). You can check the Research Master Electives Humanities site to see which electives you can follow. Furthermore, they finish up the second part of the Research Seminar with a preparation of the individual trajectory of specialization in an internship (15 EC) and a thesis (30 EC).

For their internship, students can participate in ongoing research at UiL OTS, but they can also do their internship at one of the other LOT institutes (including the Meertens Institute/INL/Max Planck institute), or go abroad. Study abroad is possible for just the internship, or the internship in combination with course work and/or thesis research. Study abroad is often made possible through the UiL OTS institutional connections, or individual researchers’ collaborative networks. 

Thesis research is supported by a thesis seminar, during which progress is monitored by a senior faculty member, and students create a peer support group.

Year one

Year two


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. See the example (pdf, in Ducth) for an explanation of the Study Progress Report.

If you wish to deviate from the curriculum, you must first ask your programme’s Board of Examiners for approval or exemption. In case your request is granted, the changes will be processed in OSIRIS and integrated into your exam programme and Study Progress Review.

In order to graduate, you will need to meet your programme's exam requirements as described in the Education and Examination Regulations. Based on these criteria and your Study Progress Review, the Board of Examiners determines whether you have graduated. The courses that are listed on your Study Progress Review will appear on the International Diploma Supplement (IDS), the attachment that you receive with your diploma. Note that courses listed under the heading ‘Results-Other’ are not part of the examination syllabus and do not appear on the IDS.

If you have questions about your Study Progress Review or find errors in it, contact the Student Desk Humanities.