Linguistics and Communication is a Research Master's programme that puts a strong focus on methodological issues and allows students to specialise in a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines.
The Research Master’s programme in Linguistics and Communication comprises 120 ECTS:
The two core courses “Perspectives on Language and Communication 1 and 2” (24 ECTS in total) will get you acquainted with performing linguistic research from different theoretical and thematic perspectives. Each of the two courses focuses on a specific topic. The first course’s topic is ‘the utterance’, which is tackled from a syntactic, phonological and discourse-pragmatic approach with the corresponding methodologies. Information about the second course’s topic will appear here shortly.
The core course “Statistics in Linguistics” (6 ECTS) will familiarise you with mixed-effects models and the statistical programme R and teaches you how to statistically analyse your own research data.
The core course “Life after graduation” (6 ECTS) prepares you for entering the work field. You will engage with current trends in the academic field of linguistics and familiarise yourself with job possibilities both within and outside of academia. You will also learn how to apply for a job and set up a CV, and you will organise an alumni event.
The elective space of 24 ECTS allows you to tailor the programme to your individual interests.
For example, you could choose to specialise in linguistic typology and take the following four courses of the one-year Master’s Linguistics track General Linguistics:
Or you could choose to specialise in communication and rhetorics and take the following four courses of the dual Master’s Communication and Information:
Or you could choose to specialise in the sociolinguistics of one language, e.g. Spanish, and take the following four courses of the one-year Master’s Linguistics track Language & Society:
Other possible electives in the area of linguistics are e.g.:
It is also possible to take electives from outside the area of linguistics or outside the University of Amsterdam.
This programme also contains two tutorials. These are small research projects that you will perform individually under close guidance of a supervisor who is a member of the ACLC. The first tutorial (9 ECTS) will take place during the second semester of year 1, and the second, slightly longer one (12 ECTS) will take place during the first semester of year 2. These tutorials will allow you to further specialise in the areas of your interest.
A list of research questions that can be tackled in a tutorial is provided here (PDF), though you can also approach potential supervisors with your own ideas or research questions.
To acquire more experience in the work field, you can also choose to use all or part of your tutorial space (21 ECTS) to do an internship. For more information about internships and the experiences of other student interns at the Faculty of Humanities, please visit the Internship Master’s programmes page.
As part of this programme, you will also participate in courses offered by the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT - Landelijke Onderzoeksschool Taalwetenschap), taught by renowned scientists from all over the world. You will take two methodology courses at a LOT winter school (6 ECTS in total) and three regular courses at a LOT summer school (3 ECTS in total).
The Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) reports on research that you have carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member of the ACLC.
Throughout your studies, you are encouraged to attend the biweekly ACLC lectures, where you will become acquainted with research conducted by ACLC members and will have the opportunity to listen to national and international guest speakers. After each lecture, you will have the possibility to socialise with your peers and the guest speakers.
This is possible in the third or fourth semester of the programme. In the past, students spent a semester at such places as the University of Edinburgh or at Charles University Prague, or used this time to do an internship abroad.