Taught course

Language and Communication Coaching (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Arts

Entry requirements

  1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Linguistics or Languages
    In order to be admitted to this Master's you’ll need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in a specific language such as German or Dutch, or with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information Studies can also apply, provided they have taken at least 60 EC worth of courses in the field of linguistics.

  2. Proficiency in English
    In order to take part in this programme, you need to have an excellent command of both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
    • A TOEFL score of ≥600 (paper based) or ≥100 (internet based)
    • An IELTS score of ≥7.0
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
    • A Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture from a research university.

* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

Months of entry


Course content

There’s an increasing demand for English language and communication trainers and coaches. The Language and Communication Coaching Master's specialisation offers you a thorough academic grounding to pursue a career as a language and communication coach who can quickly and effectively meet the training needs of a wide variety of clients.

The specialisation offers a unique and rigorous programme combining a solid theoretical basis in English linguistics, second language acquisition, business communication and language testing with challenging opportunities to design ESP courses and practise your training and coaching skills. You’ll also get some practical, hands-on training and coaching experience in the form of peer teaching and an internship at a language institute.

The Linguistics programme is connected to the research carried out at the Centre for Language Studies (CLS). This institution has a reputation in the Netherlands and far beyond for top quality and ground-breaking research. Students at Radboud can also benefit from the wealth of other research done on campus by world-renowned institutes including the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

What will you learn?

  • Gain a theoretical and practical understanding of issues such as needs analysis, formulating course objectives and syllabus design
  • Get an understanding of test design and learn how to design your own tests, testing for reliability and validity
  • Choose from a variety of other courses focusing on topics such as methods, computation, business communication and more
  • Get valuable experience designing, conducting and presenting your own research

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme could find a variety of jobs:

  • English trainers and coaches with organisations or self-employed
  • Advisors to education consultancies
  • Language test or language course developers
  • Editors, copy-writers, journalists or text coaches
  • Researchers for a variety of organisations
  • Language specialists or consultants for businesses or governments

To apply for this course, please contact us by e-mail.

Learn more via the Radboud University contact form.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,209 p/a
International students
EU €2,209 Non EU € 16,000

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website.

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,209). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,209). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Funds

Students who receive either the Radboud Scholarship or the Orange Tulip Scholarship are eligible for an additional grant to assist with study costs. The grant consists of 2,500 euros paid in 10 instalments throughout the year.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.

Holland Scholarship Programme

Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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