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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About Language and Cognition at University of Groningen

How is language stored in the brain? How do we acquire a foreign language? Is it possible to forget your mother tongue? Which factors play a role in effective communication?

Language and Cognition is a selective two-year ResearchMaster's program that prepares you for entry into a related PhDprogram, or other research positions. The program offers a uniquecombination of neuro- and psycholinguistics, theoreticallinguistics, developmental linguistics, computational linguisticsand communications science. The key focus of the Research Master'sprogram is on the cognitive aspects and processes underlying humanlanguage - and their interaction, which is the focus area of excellent, multidisciplinary research carried out in the Centre forLanguage and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) and the Groningen ResearchSchool for Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN).

The program is meant for talented students from allover the world who aspire to doresearch in the field ofLinguistics. After finishing the degree, you will have acquiredessential research skills and fundamental knowledge of linguisticsanalysis, language development, and language processing. Are youcurious if you are eligible for the Research Master's program?Check the entry requirements.

How is language stored in the brain? How do we acquire a foreign language? Is it possible to forget your mother tongue? Which factors play a role in effective communication?

Language and Cognition is a selective two-year ResearchMaster's program that prepares you for entry into a related PhDprogram, or other research positions. The program offers a uniquecombination of neuro- and psycholinguistics, theoreticallinguistics, developmental linguistics, computational linguisticsand communications science. The key focus of the Research Master'sprogram is on the cognitive aspects and processes underlying humanlanguage - and their interaction, which is the focus area of excellent, multidisciplinary research carried out in the Centre forLanguage and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) and the Groningen ResearchSchool for Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN).

The program is meant for talented students from allover the world who aspire to doresearch in the field ofLinguistics. After finishing the degree, you will have acquiredessential research skills and fundamental knowledge of linguisticsanalysis, language development, and language processing. Are youcurious if you are eligible for the Research Master's program?Check the entry requirements.

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation, you are well prepared for a career inresearch. In fact, this programme is an ideal stepping stone to aPhD position at a university. About 80% of our students continuetheir studies with a PhD position. You can conduct research inLinguistics, such as Neuro- or Clinical Linguistics, LanguageDevelopment or Theoretical Linguistics. Other options are SpeechTechnology, and Communication and Computer Linguistics.

After graduation, you are well prepared for a career inresearch. In fact, this track is an ideal stepping stone to a PhDposition at a university. You can conduct research in Linguistics,such as Neuro- or Clinical Linguistics, Language Development orTheoretical Linguistics. Other options are Speech Technology, andCommunication and Computer Linguistics.

During the research master's programme in Linguistics you willacquire a wide-ranging set of skills useful in a wide range ofdomains. These include:

  • Analytical skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Writing skills
  • Methodological skills
  • Statistical skills
  • Corpus analysis
  • Experimental design
  • Working in a team

Job examples

  • Research oriented career in Linguistics
  • Applied researcher
  • Information specialist at a public organization (e.g. the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Police Academy, or the Centraal Administratiekantoor)
  • Science journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Project leader
  • Educational specialist at a publisher
  • Lecturer in secondary education
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

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Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 onwriting skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items).ERK level C1.

previous education

A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

  • a modern European language and culture study
  • Communication- and Information Science
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing
other admission requirements

Excellent academic record, letter of motivation, two letters ofrecommendation and transcript, thesis or paper. Sufficientknowledge, insight and skills in disciplines relevant to thecourse.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Officeand the Admissions Board.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 onall items) or IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). ERKlevel C1. Dutch VWO diploma.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study
  • Communication- and Information Science
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing
  • other related fields
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on anevaluation of degree certificates, individual results and thethesis or paper.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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