Research course

Language and Communication

Radboud University · Faculty of Arts
MA by research

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

Learning how to make new discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of how natural language is used and processed in real-life situations.

Whenever we use language – whether it’s written or spoken – we’re communicating. How does this work, and how and why does miscommunication occur? How does language fit together and how do we learn to understand each other? The research Master’s programme in Language and Communication offers a multidisciplinary perspective on how the fields of linguistics and communication studies complement one another. This approach is unique in the Netherlands.

This research Master’s programme focuses strongly on empirical research. You’ll study real language in real-life situations and use your observations to develop possible theories. Later, you’ll test these theories against everyday reality. In this way, you’ll discover the richness of both language and communication and be well prepared to conduct original research on language related issues. This programme is initially intended to prepare its students for a career in research, in particular for PhD positions although other career options in the field are also open to you.

Challenging research environment

As a Masters student in Language and Communication you will find yourself in a challenging research environment. The university has experts in language variation and language diversity, language technology, sign language, intercultural communication, persuasive communication, optimal communication and the ways in which language can be processed. These specialists work closely with colleagues in the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (FI BCB). As a result, Nijmegen can provide you with an exceptional opportunity to explore new avenues of knowledge and the chance to work alongside specialists who are leaders in their field internationally.

Career prospects

This Masters programme provides you with an excellent basis for further research. Most of our graduates go on to do a PhD, either in Nijmegen, Tilburg or abroad. Many of our graduates also work in research institutes, government and the commercial sector.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

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