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Research Master in Language and Communication

2 years English Starts end of August and end of January

Become equipped with the skills to initiate and conduct your own high-quality research in the domains of linguistics and communication sciences: an excellent preparation for a PhD or a career at a research agency. Specialize within one of the following domains: cognition and communication, linguistic anthropology, business communication and persuasion, digital media and communication, online culture, data science, and artificial intelligence.

72%
of the current students is (very) satisfied with the program

Source: National Student Survey, 2017 | n=4

€2,108
gross monthly income one year after graduation

Source: National Alumni Survey 2015 & 2016 | n = 6

2
average number of months between graduation and first paid job

Source: National Alumni Survey 2015 & 2016 | n = 6

Program and courses

A central research theme is communication at work in face-to-face and multi-modal interactions. Focus on language as it is actually used, and explore cognition, language and communication as an integrated whole. 

  • Integrate into one of the research groups in Tilburg or Nijmegen and specialize in your area of interest:
    - Cognition and Communication
    - Linguistic Antropology
    - Business Communication and Persuasion
    - Digital Media and Communication
    - Online Culture
    - Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

  • Excellent supervision by academic tutors at the beginning of the program. They advise you on how to get your individual desired training program and the research facilities you need.

  • Choose from a wide range of substantive electives and method subjects and develop under individual supervision your own unique research profile.

  • Profit from over fifteen years of collaboration in the Centre for Language Studies (CLS), a current partnership between the Tilburg School of Humanities and the Radboud Faculty of Arts. CLS is closely linked to the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) and the Baby Research Centre.

Typical courses are:

  • Usage based approaches to Language
  • Human-Robot Interaction 
  • Language, Globalization and Superdiversity
  • Games and Social Simulation
  • Strategic Use of Social Media

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Career prospects

The main focus of this Research Master’s program is on academic training, which makes it ideal for those wishing to embark on a career in academic research. Besides research positions at universities, there are research and management positions which require extensive research skills but not a PhD degree, for example in businesses, at (non-) profit organizations, in the educational sector and at government institutions (e.g., the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science).

Graduates work or start for example as:

  • Postdoc Researcher at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven 
  • PhD at University of Freiburg
  • Research Assistant at University of Cambridge 
  • Business Analyst at Royal Dutch Shell 
  • PhD at the University of Vienna
  • Labor market researcher at Intelligence Group 

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Application and admission

This program starts:

End of August and End of January

Best preparatory programs:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline such as Communication Studies, Linguistics, Culture Studies, Cognitive Science or Language Psychology with an average score of 7.5 (out of 10) on your preliminary examinations in the second and third years of your completed Bachelor's program, and a minimum score of 8 on your final Bachelor's thesis, or equivalent scores for these study units in a non-Dutch higher education system.

  • Master's degree in a relevant discipline such as Communication Studies, Linguistics, Culture Studies, Cognitive Science or Language Psychology with an average score of 7.5 (out of 10) on your preliminary examinations of your completed Master's program and a minimum score of 8 on your final Master's thesis, or equivalent scores for these study units in a former or non-Dutch higher education system.

Pre-Master's program

Not available. The regular Master's programs in Communication and Media do offer Pre-Master's programs.

Tuition fees academic year 2018-2019

EUNon-EU
€ 2,060*€ 11,000 | € 2,060 including waiver**

* The EU rate only applies if you enroll for the program without a Master's degree from a Dutch university. More information about the tuition fees and scholarships available for international students.

** Excellent non-EU/EEA students will be granted a tuition fee waiver up to the EU/EEA fee.

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