Degree from a non-Dutch university
This page outlines the step-by-step process for completing your application to a Master's programme at Utrecht University. Please read this information thoroughly before starting your application.
Please note: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS).
This is a selective Master's. You will be considered for admission to the research Master’s programme in Linguistics if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:
- You are able to interpret and apply complex theories in the field of Linguistics, as demonstrated by:
- A Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, Language and Culture, Liberal Arts, Communication, or Cognitive Science with a major in Linguistics, or a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to Linguistics (Psychology, Education, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, etc.).
- Minimally 45 EC of linguistics courses and/or coursework supportive of linguistics research (such as in statistics, programming, psychology, neuroscience, logic, philosophy of language, etc.), of which 22.5 EC should be at an advanced level.
- Good insight into the theoretical foundations of linguistics, as can be acquired in courses on phonology, morphology, lexicology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics.
- Basic knowledge of methods in quantitative research that can be acquired by an introduction to statistics (or similar) of 7.5 EC at the Bachelor’s level.
- You are able to design, perform, analyse, and report on scientific research in Linguistics, as demonstrated by a Bachelor’s thesis, essay or research paper on a linguistic topic or a research question in a related field.
- You have a strong motivation to do independent linguistic research which is elaborated convincingly in your motivation letter.
- You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as demonstrated by a writing sample and an interview (if requested).
The Admissions Committee will decide on your application. Based on documents submitted by you, the committee will assess whether you will be able to successfully complete the Master’s programme within the nominal duration. The committee also takes into account:
- Motivation and talent.
- Level of required knowledge and mastery of methods and techniques used in the subject area.
- General high level of professional and intellectual ability.
- Command of the language(s) used in the programme.
An interview (in person or via the Internet) may be part of the selection procedure if the committee decides they need further information to evaluate your admission.
The following Bachelor’s programmes are a good preparation for this research Master’s programme:
- Modern Languages and Culture (major in Linguistics)
- Cognitive Science
- Liberal Arts (major in Linguistics)
If you are currently enrolled in a different Bachelor’s programme and thinking about applying for this Master’s programme, please contact the Programme Coordinator for more information. By planning your studies carefully and taking the appropriate courses, you may be admissible.
English language requirements
- IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing, speaking, listening and reading.
- TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score 93 with at least a score of 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 20 writing (internet-based test), institutional scores are not accepted.
- Cambridge Certificate (not available to students from China):
- Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE). Minimum score: 176 total, 169 writing
- Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE). Minimum score: 180 total, 169 writing
You are exempt from the English language requirement if:
- You obtained your previous degree from a Dutch Research University
- You obtained your secondary school diploma or Bachelor's degree in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa
- You obtained an English-taught International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma.
Not sure if you are eligible?
You can contact the Programme Coordinator with questions about your eligibility.
The research Master in Linguistics does not offer a Pre-Master's programme.
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Your application is complete when you have (1) fully submitted your OSIRIS application, (2) uploaded all required documents and (3) paid the application fee (if applicable). After the deadline has passed, incomplete applications will be cancelled.
The following documents must be uploaded before the application deadline:
- A scan of your diploma (if necessary with official translations) or Proof of anticipated degree
- A scan of your transcript (if necessary with official translations)
- Motivation statement
- Curriculum vitae / resume
- A scan of your official English language test report or certificate.
- Passport copy
- Two letters of recommendation
- Courses yet to be completed
- Relevant courses
- Writing sample: Research paper, essay or BA thesis on a subject relevant to the field of study, written in English
After submitting your application to Studielink, you will receive an email with login details for OSIRIS Online Application. Here you can upload all required documents, check the status of your application and pay your application fee.
After you upload all documents in OSIRIS, International Student Admissions will verify them and send them to the Graduate School for evaluation. We strive to inform you of our decision within 20 working days.
If you are admitted, your admission letter will describe the next steps towards enrollment. In most cases your admission is conditional, which means you will have to submit certified digital documents.