Research course

Language and cognition

University of Groningen · University of Groningen
MA Linguistics by research

Entry requirements

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 Excellent academic record, letter of motivation, two letters of recommendation and transcript, thesis or paper. Sufficient knowledge, insight and skills in disciplines relevant to the course. 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 Office and the Admissions Board.

Months of entry


Course content

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?

In the two-year Research Master's specialization Language and Cognition (MA Linguistics), you will study patterns of language and speech and the way our brain employs and organizes them. The programme offers a unique combination of n euro- and psycholinguistics, theoretical linguistics, developmental linguistics, computational linguistics, and communication science.

The programme is meant for talented students who aspire to do research in the field of Linguistics. After finishing the degree, you will have acquired essential research skills and fundamental knowledge of linguistic analysis, language development, and language processing. In addition, you will be able to study language at different levels, such as words, sentences, meaning and interaction.

The programme is linked to the excellent, multidisciplinary research carried out at the Centre for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) and the Groningen Research School for Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN).

After finishing the programme you receive a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
1951 (EU)
International students
11000 (non-EU)

Qualification and course duration

MA Linguistics by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Kirsten van Ophem