English Language and Linguistics

The Master’s in Linguistics specialisation in English Language and Linguistics at Leiden University offers a wide array of topics ranging from how language and people influence each other to what the various functions of language are. The programme covers theoretical, applied, historical and socio-historical linguistics, building on the current linguistic research being conducted at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), one of the largest linguistics institutes in the Netherlands and home to some of continental Europe’s finest English scholars.

Choose English Language and Linguistics at Leiden University:

  • Choose from a wide range of specialised courses and research topics, both theoretical and applied and often related to ongoing research projects.
  • Learn from a diverse range of specialists and scholars of excellent standing, who provide ongoing supervision and counselling throughout the programme.
  • Join a strong network of international experts from English departments all over the world.
  • Learn to apply various aspects of linguistic theory to the description of the facts of English, with a particular emphasis on the earlier stages of the language, such as Old and Middle English, as well as Early and Late Modern English.

Courses are offered in phonology, morphology and syntax, as well as in historical sociolinguistics and World Englishes. Courses of a more applied nature include lexicography, translation studies and the language of letters.

Check out the programme in English Language and Linguistics.

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Master details

  • Dit is een afstudeerrichting van: Linguistics
  • Graad Master of Arts in Linguistics
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time, part-time. Non-EU/EEA students must study full-time.
  • Duur 1 year (full-time); 1,5 year (part-time)
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 60815

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