The Research Master’s programme Linguistics prepares you for a broad range of jobs inside and outside academia that require academic skills, research methodology and advanced knowledge in the field of linguistics. Graduates of the programme are highly eligible to operate in the international field of linguistics research and to obtain PhD positions in the Netherlands or abroad.

According to a survey amongst our alumni, they are involved in:

  • PhD research (50%)
  • research related jobs in academia (12%)
  • education (7%)
  • consultancy (7%)
  • non-profit (5%)
  • law and banking (5%)

Other respondents had pursued their studies in another field, were self-employed, unemployed or working in yet a different field than named above.


After successfully completing the Linguistic Master’s programme, you are able to pursue an academic career and apply to a PhD programme either at Utrecht University or elsewhere. During the programme, you will work on a research proposal that may be used in PhD applications or easily be adapted to such applications.

Over the past three years, 50% of our graduates entered PhD programmes, not including those involved in self-funded PhD research or returning to their home universities as lecturers.

Anne-France Pinget, for example, is a PhD student at Utrecht University. Her research is aimed at gaining new insights in the role of speech perception in the process of sound change and in the relationship between speech perception and speech production. 


You can also pursue a professional career. Below, you will find a couple of examples of job prospects that require research experience and/or expertise in linguistics. For instance, our alumna Janna Brummel is an Associate IT Specialist at ING.

Other alumni have gone on to work as:

  • a traineeship in the field of language technology (speech recognition, text-to-speech)
  • an advisory position in first- and second-language teaching and policy making
  • a teaching position in higher education
  • a junior project research position in industry
  • an assistant position in experimental and computational lab
  • Tester of IT applications at Calco
  • Development Editor at Macmillan Education
  • PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen)
  • PhD student at Ghent University 

Are you considering starting your own business? Now is a good time to prepare. Utrecht University can offer you a number of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship.

You could, for instance, take electives from Master's degree programmes that cover entrepreneurship in their curriculums:

The Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) also organises Spring schools, Summer schools, Winter schools, Honours classes and short seminars on entrepreneurship for non-Dutch students. All courses are offered in English except when the entire group is Dutch.


Would you like to run a business while still at university? Do you want to graduate on running your own business? StudentsInc (Dutch language website) is home to a number of student businesses and offers programmes to develop your entrepreneurial skills.


Have you (nearly) graduated and do you want to start a business? UtrechtInc is the place to find financing, office space, expertise and coaching. UtrechtInc is there for

  • starting entrepreneurs and alumni, doctoral candidates, and researchers (preferably from Utrecht University, Hogeschool Utrecht, UMC Utrecht)
  • who are still in the ideas phase OR further along (less than five years) and have
  • and have a (IT) start-up focusing on health, environmental sustainability, or education.

Would you like to know more? Visit the UtrechtInc site, register your idea, and drop by for a cup of coffee.


Would you like to know whether entrepreneurship is right for you? Are you driven, socially conscious, and ambitious? Are you willing to spend a year working on a business for at least 8 hours a week? Enactus Utrecht (Dutch language website) offers you the opportunity to run a business and provides workshops and professional coaching.

Useful links

  • Register at the Chambers of Commerce.
  • You can read about all the other things you need to take care of on the Revenue Service (Belastingdienst) website.
  • Join relevant groups on LinkedIn to share knowledge online and expand your network.
  • Will you run an especially sustainable, innovative, and/or internationally oriented business? The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can support you with subsidies, knowledge, regulation, and more.

Upon completion of your current Master's degree programme, you can follow a one-year (Dutch language) teacher training programme. This will grant you a first degree teaching qualification for secondary education. That means you will be able to work in the upper and lower years of vmbo, havo, and vwo in the Netherlands.

Take a look at UU's Master's degree programme selection site.

When you complete your Master's degree programme, if you enjoy doing research in your area of expertise, perhaps you should pursue a PhD. You will start out as a research assistant or trainee research worker. Check the two-years Master's Programmes of Utrecht University.

The best way to find a research traineeship is to contact the professor in the field you want to specialise in. Another option would be

If you'd like to pursue a PhD at Utrecht University, your PhD programme will fall under the auspices of one of the Graduate Schools. For more information, consult the Prout | PhD Network Utrecht website.