Extra opportunities

For students looking for an extra challenge in addition to their Master's, there are several options. 

Get involved in ongoing research 

Some externally funded research projects offer opportunities for research assistantships, which provide early work experience for qualified Linguistics Master’s students and a chance to participate in ongoing research.

Help organise a conference 

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics houses numerous conferences each year (including EMLAR), and the organisers almost invariably invite students to participate in the preparations and running of the conferences. This provides an exciting experience for students, especially those who would like to go on to PhD research, allowing them to look behind the scene and see how decisions are taken and practical problems solved. It is also an enjoyable experience to be involved in a cooperative effort that benefits so many fellow linguists.


As part of their electives, research Master’s students in Linguistics have the  opportunity to choose courses from the national course catalogue Masterlanguage, focused on German, English, French, Italian, Dutch and the classical languages (Greek & Latin). The courses are  in the relevant target language (except Greek and Latin) and will be taught by (Assistant-) Professors from:

  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
  • Universiteit Leiden
  • Universiteit Utrecht
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

You can choose from a selection of Linguistics courses (see Courses). Please specify that you are a Linguistics research Master student, so that the teacher can take your research orientation into account. Course information, admission requirements and registration information can be found on the Masterlanguage website (in Dutch).

Apart from the regular course catalogue, Masterlanguage also offers lectures and masterclasses. This allows you to meet teachers (with different expertise) and language students from all over the Netherlands.

Honouring your curiosity

Utrecht University offers several honours programmes for students looking for an extra avenue to nurture their curiosity and foster their personal development. Honours education is followed on top of your regular Master’s programme. The UU Honours College offers 4 university-wide honours programmes.

University-wide honours programmes

In these interdisciplinary programmes, you can let your diverse interests run wild as you work on varying social and academic issues together with students from other disciplines. By analysing issues from different perspectives, you’ll learn how to navigate complex societal issues through a broader lens.

In an increasingly interconnected world, learning how to work with people from different fields is a vital skill. After completing these honours programmes you will receive an honours certificate during a festive ceremony. The following programmes are offered: 

For more information on honours education at the UU, go to the Honours College webpage, the honours Instagram, or email us at honourscollege@uu.nl.