Research course (will run subject to approval)


Leiden University · Humanities
MA by research

Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements available at

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The Leiden University Research Master’s in Linguistics focuses on language diversity in the world. This diversity is apparent both in the vast array of languages that you can study, and in the wide range of linguistic approaches used to study these languages. The Research Master’s in Linguistics is a specialised two-year research-based programme run by the renowned Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL).

Choose the Research Master’s in Linguistics at Leiden University:

  • Benefit from a wide range of linguistic approaches including comparative, historical, descriptive, theoretical, experimental and formal, and learn to apply these to any of the vast array of languages studied in Leiden.
  • Choose from the largest selection of languages (varying from Chinese to German, from Papuan to Slavic languages, and many more) taught and studied at any institution in the Netherlands or the surrounding region.
  • Study languages at the level that interests you: phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse, or pragmatics.
  • Tailor the programme to your personal interests, either focusing your research on a certain pre-modelled theme, or creating your own specialisation.
  • Learn from researchers who have been awarded prestigious grants and academic prizes. The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is an institute with a long-standing international reputation for excellence.

Develop your own academic path

The Research Master’s Linguistics programme encourages original and innovative research. You will have the opportunity to develop your own academic path in an environment that is international and inspired, and that has a long tradition of applying diverse approaches to understanding language variation and change.

You will also gain access to the internationally renowned research programmes led by Leiden University’s senior researchers – and the opportunity to join international peers from around the world at conferences, summer and winter schools, workshops and lecture series, connecting you to the leading minds in the field as well the latest academic developments.

Your Future Career

As a graduate of a two-year Research Master’s degree, you will be qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or to carry out further research in the context of a PhD programme. Many Research Master’s alumni go on to do a PhD, either at Leiden University or at other universities throughout the world.

Check out the programme in Linguistics

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,006 (2017-2018)
International students
€ 16,600 (2017-2018)

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

International Studyline Team