Language and Society (Linguistics)

The one-year Master’s programme Language and Society explores language from a (socio)linguistic and pragmatic perspective, and focuses on the analysis of language, language use and variation, and language policy.

Language and Society at the UvA

The Master's programme in Language and Society was developed for language students to prepare for a future career in an international context and focuses on the analysis of language, language use and variation, and language policy. Students specialise in one of the European languages or language families. The language (groups) that you can choose from for your specialisation are:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Scandinavian
  • Slavonic
  • Spanish

The programme focuses on the analysis of language, language use and variation, and language policy. It comprises courses on linguistics of the language of your specialisation (English, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic, Spanish). In order to prepare students for a future in an enterprise or a non-profit organisation in an international context, they may combine courses in linguistics with an elective course from the European Studies programme and/or an internship.

Knowledge of language and analytic skills

In a world of globalisation a profound knowledge of European languages is required for intercultural business communication. Although global English may serve as the lingua franca in international contacts, in many situations a thorough knowledge of the use of the mother tongue of the business partner can be very fruitful. 

Besides a good knowledge of languages and their use in society, for many jobs well developed analytical and presentation skills are required. A Master’s study of Linguistics helps students to develop both types of skills. Students are trained in analysing corpora containing data of the language of their specialisation and in organizing and interpreting their data. Furthermore, students develop their oral and writing skills by reporting their research results in the form of presentations, papers, a research project (term paper) and a Master’s thesis.

The Master's programme Language and Society has been set up for language students of various languages and language groups (English, German, French, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic, Spanish), who envisage a career in an international environment. In the programme students are prepared for such a career. Since parts of the courses are offered in English, all students of Language and Society will develop their receptive and productive knowledge of English next to the target language of their specialisation.

Degree certificate

Language and Society is an accredited degree programme of Linguistics. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Linguistics and the title Master of Arts (MA). 

The Master's in Language and Society does not give you access to a post-Master teacher training programme.

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MA Linguistics
Regulier onderwijs
Voltijd, deeltijd
60 EC, 12 maanden
Engels, Taal van de opleiding

Gepubliceerd door  Graduate School of Humanities