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Research Master in Language & Communication

The Research Master's program in Language and Communication is a two-year course of study offered jointly by Tilburg University and Radboud University Nijmegen. The program combines leading-edge research and a strong emphasis on empirical study with excellent education.

Study the numerous and integrated ways in which written and spoken language is used

  • The program covers the numerous ways in which written and spoken language is used - for example, to persuade, to inform, and to exchange ideas.
  • Because communication and the use of language are so tightly interwoven, we take an integrated approach. For example, when other, non-verbal cues are taken into account, understanding spoken language is made easier. Such cues may include facial expressions and eye contact.
  • The interrelationships between language and communication have been further illuminated by developments in information and communication technology. These have opened up exciting new areas of research, providing insight, for example, into ways in which information from both linguistic and non-linguistic sources can be integrated in multimodal messages.

Why the Research Master's program in Language and Communication?

What is the main difference between this two-year full-time program and Master's programs at other universities in the Netherlands?

  • Firstly, the fact that we use empirical research techniques to focus on language as it is actually used.
  • And, secondly, there is the way we explore language and communication as an integrated whole.
  • Communication in face-to-face and multi-modal interactions at work is a central theme. Topics include:
    • communication
    • language and speech technology,
    • psycholinguistics,
    • language acquisition,
    • and language and society e.g. understanding ways in which the use of language shapes institutional, cross-cultural, and international interaction.

Profit from over fifteen years of collaboration in the Centre for Language Studies (CLS)

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

Open to all graduates with a relevant BA or MA

This Research Master's program, which relies heavily on research carried out in Tilburg and Nijmegen, is open to all graduates - from universities inside or outside the Netherlands- with a relevant BA or one-year MA.

Guidance by scientific tutors

Tutors are members of the scientific staff. They advise students on how to arrive at the most appropriate training program (this includes things like how best to make up for deficiencies in their previous training, and which electives are best suited to which specialisations).

Besides this, tutors also advise the Graduate School with respect to students' requests for facilities. Tutors are assigned to students by the Examination Committee.

The Research Master's program in Language & Communication in short

Language English
Start The end of August and the end of January
Duration 24 months. More about the
courses and program structure
Areas of specializations Communication, Language and Speech Technology,
Psycholinguistics, Language Acquisition, Language and
Teaching methods Lectures, Research seminars, Research training
project, Term paper, Research paper, Research
Master Thesis, Training of empirical research,
Training of scholarly skills
Title Master of Arts (MA) with a MPhil supplement
Admissions Bachelor's or Master's program in a relevant discipline
with excellent grades (7.5 out of 10 according to the
Dutch Grading System). More about the
admission requirements and application procedure
After graduation Research position at a university (PhD), research and
management positions which require extensive research
skills. More about the career perspectives

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