Career prospects

The research Master’s programme Linguistics prepares you for a broad range of jobs inside and outside academia that require academic skills, research methodology and advanced knowledge in the field of linguistics. Graduates of the programme are highly eligible to operate in the international field of linguistics research and to obtain PhD positions in the Netherlands or abroad.

If you decide not to embark on an academic career, you are fully equipped to apply for junior positions where specialised knowledge, research abilities, and insight into the structure of language and its use are relevant. For example:

  • a traineeship in the field of language technology (speech recognition, text-to-speech)
  • an advisory position in first- and second-language teaching and policy making
  • a teaching position in higher education
  • a junior project research position in industry
  • an assistant position in experimental and computational lab

Academic careers

After successfully completing the Linguistic Master’s programme, you are able to pursue an academic career and apply to a PhD programme either at Utrecht University or elsewhere. During the programme, you will work on a research proposal that may be used in PhD applications or easily be adapted to such applications.

Over the past three years, 50% of our graduates entered PhD programmes, not including those involved in self-funded PhD research or returning to their home universities as lecturers.

Non-academic careers

You can also pursue a professional career. Below, you will find a couple of examples of job prospects that require research experience and/or expertise in linguistics. For instance, our alumna Janna Brummel is an Associate IT Specialist at ING. Other graduates have found jobs at:

Pearson English | The Decision Group | SNS REAAL | ING Nederland | Douwe Egberts | Calco | Macmillan Education

Facts and figures

According to a survey amongst our alumni, they are involved in:

  • PhD research (50%)
  • research related jobs in academia (12%)
  • education (7%)
  • consultancy (7%)
  • non-profit (5%)
  • law and banking (5%)

Other respondents had pursued their studies in another field, were self-employed, unemployed or working in yet a different field than named above.

Career development

Research seminar

In the Research Seminar, time is spent on the research skills needed to prepare for the individual research in internship and thesis, as well as issues concerning scientific integrity and life after the Master’s programme in Linguistics. The activities include an exchange of experiences with alumni.

Career Services

Career Services offers events, tests, coaching and training in and outside your Master's programme, related to professional self-analysis, career orientation and job application skills. You can find more information about career services on Career Services for Dutch students or Career Services for international students.

Other career events

  • Your Perspective is a monthly career orientation meeting for students and alumni of the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University. Each month we explore a different workfield or theme that is relevant for students of various disciplines within the humanities. 
  • The Faculty of Humanities organises a Career Night Humanities with interesting partners who will illustrate the diversity in career opportunities for humanities graduates and give you possibilities to develop yourself by joining their projects or attending their services. 
  • Once a year Utrecht University organises a Careers Day. This Careers Day offers the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair. It’s also possible to participate in a job application training or have your résumé checked.