This Master's programme is Dutch. You will look at how language is structured. You will investigate how language is acquired and study the relationship between language and society, such as government policy on language, multilingualism, and non-native speakers. You have your choice of two specialisations within the Master’s programme in Language, People and Society: language-specific (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) or general linguistics. You will learn how to describe and compare languages. You will look at how children learn their mother tongue, but also how people learn a second language.
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Once you have been awarded your Bachelor's degree you can follow a Master’s programme to specialise even further. We still don't have any figures on students who enter the job market immediately after gaining a Bachelor’s. Many students go on to follow a Master’s programme.
Which branches of science are relevant to human language and how are they connected? This is the main question addressed by this two-year research programme in which your interest in language is combined with various sciences. During the two years, the Master's covers multiple topics: computer language and logic, language acquisition, language meaning, pronunciation, structure and more. You choose one subject as the main theme of your research and supplement it with other courses that interest you.
Theory courses and research in multidisciplinary teams will give you an in-depth understanding of the complex way in which the brain works.
In addition to the theoretical foundations of neuroscience, you will work in research teams with people from different fields of expertise. Example: cognition is important for recognising that you see something familiar. This is the work of neurons (memory), as your brain translates signals and even controls your behaviour.
Graduates find jobs at consultancies, hospitals or in industry. About 25% secure a PhD position at one of the three research institutes in Utrecht.
The field of Artificial Intelligence has been developing at a rapid pace. A few examples:
- speech recognition, such as in smart phones or companion robots, is well established nowadays;
- virtual characters such as in video games and simulations are getting better and better and more true to life, which leads to better, more interesting and more useful video game experiences;
- human cognitive functions are improved by making a direct link between the brain and a computer;
- in California, unmanned cars equipped with sensors and GPS have already taken to the roads to take you to your destination;
- IBM’s Watson system, which beat the best players in the popular American television quiz show Jeopardy, shows that large-scale knowledge systems based on the internet are possible.
The Master’s programme in Artificial Intelligence offers a uniquely integrated and modern approach based on IT, logic, cognition, psychology, philosophy, and linguistics.