Admissions & Application Research Master in Language & Communication

Please feel free to contact us, with any personal queries about the program, scholarships, admissions and enrollment. You can contact us before, during or even after you submit your application. Our international team will be glad to answer all your questions about studying at Tilburg School of Humanities and provide you with detailed practical information!

Admissions requirements

When applying for admission to the Research Master's program in Language and Communication, you need to have completed an undergraduate program in the relevant field with excellent grades (7.5 out of 10 according to the Dutch Grading System) or will complete an undergraduate program before the end of the academic year.

Before applying, please make sure that you meet the following requirements:

- You have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline 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.

- Or, you have a Master's degree in a relevant discipline 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.

- An adequate knowledge of English is required.

  • a) This can be demonstrated by successful completion of a Bachelor's degree program conducted entirely in English. Bachelor's degrees obtained in Australia, Canada (except for Quebec), New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom or United States will be presumed to satisfy this criterion.
  • b) Notwithstanding the stipulations in section (a), an adequate knowledge of the English language can also be demonstrated with one of the following test results:
    • Academic IELTS (min. 7.0 overall and 6.5 on all parts)*
    • TOEFL (internet-based: 100; the TOEFL Institutional Code for Tilburg University is 9860)*
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a min. level of B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

* the English proficiency test must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.

Application package for admissions

To start your online application, please read the requirements carefully and prepare your application package first:

  • A copy of your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma (if you still have to graduate, you should instead submit the expected graduation date or a graduation statement)
  • Copies of your (recent) grade transcript(s)
  • An English Language Certificate according to the admissions requirements (exemption form, only if applicable). The test must not be older than two years
  • Letter of motivation according to the format (1 letter per program you are applying for!)
  • One letter of recommendation*
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A copy of your passport
  • Relevant written work, such as your Bachelor's or Master's thesis or written assignment

Only completed applications will be assessed for admissions. The Admissions Committee can make conditional admission decisions based on uncertified copies of your documents. However, if conditionally admitted, we will need original test score reports and certified copies of your other documents to finalize your admission.

* The letter of recommendation can be sent by email or by mail to the following address:


To the attention of:

Ms. Christa Suos

Admissions Officer



email: admissionshumanities@tilburguniversity.edu

Postal address: Tilburg University

P.O.box 90153 / ROOM: D115
5000 LE Tilburg
The Netherlands



Online application system and procedure

Tilburg University has an online application system (MySAS). This is a quick and easy way for students to apply for admission to our programs. To start your online application, please go to our online application system and follow the instructions to apply via MySAS.

You will first have to create an online application account. After you have created this account, the online application system (MySAS) will send you an email asking you to activate your account. Once you have activated your account, you may return to MySAS and start your application!

  1. As explained in section ‘Application package for admissions’. You will need to prepare and apply before the mentioned deadlines.
  2. After filling out the Online Application Form, make sure you follow the instructions mentioned in the automatically generated email, in order to upload your documents correctly into the Online Application System of the Graduate School
  3. Make sure you read and respond to the instructions of the Admissions Officers in time. The communication is usually by email.
  4. The Admissions Committee will assess the complete application packages immediately after the submission of the application package. The entire assessment procedure will take up to 6 weeks after the submission of the application package. The Admissions Officer will inform you about the Admissions Committee’s decision regarding your application. In case of positive admissions decision, you will receive a (conditional) admissions offer. Once you decide to accept the offer, you should send all the original/ certified copies of the required documents in that email.
  5. After receiving the original/ certified copies of your documents, the Admissions Officer will proceed the application, administration and immigration procedure.
  6. During the entire application, administration and immigration procedure, the Admissions Officer will keep in touch with you through email and letters. Make sure you read and respond to the instructions of the Admissions Officers in time. The communication is usually by email.

Online Application Steps:

  • Step 1) Personal details
  • Step 2) Address details
  • Step 3) The name of the Research Master’s Masters’ program you are applying for
  • Step 4) English language test
  • Step 5) Educational background
  • Step 6) Supporting documents
  • Step 7) Additional documents
  • Step 8) Survey (how did you learn about Tilburg University?)
  • Step 9) Review (double check that you have completed sections a to h)
  • Step 10) Submit (you will be able to submit your application after sections a to h have been completed)

Application deadlines RM L&C



Please ensure that you submit your application in time.

Spring intake (start at the end of January)

  • NON-EU/EEA and EU/EEA: deadline for application 1 October
  • EU/EEA: deadline for application 1 December

Fall intake (start at the end of August)

  • NON-EU/EEA and EU/EEA deadline for application 1 April
  • EU/EEA:deadline for application 1 July











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