Master of Arts in Advanced Studies in Linguistics (Linguistics in a Comparative Perspective)

The Master of Advanced Studies in Linguistics is a one-year interuniversity programme aimed at students who have already acquired a good background in linguistics or language-related fields of study. Students enroll at the university of their specialisation. The participating Flemish institutions are Ghent University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Subsequent Master's Programme
60 credits
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
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This programme is taught in English.

For whom

The admission requirements depend on previous degrees (type of degree, country of issue etc ...) or additonal experience.


In first semester students choose five courses (of 6 credits each): two from the set of general courses and three specialisation courses (with at least two from one specific area of specialisation, which will also be the area of the master’s dissertation and of the intensive course work and/or apprenticeship in the second semester).

- Linguistics in a Comparative Perspective (Ghent University)
- Cognitive and Functional Linguistics (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
- Multilingual and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
- Natural Language Processing: Theory and Practice (Ghent University)

Students may enrol at the university of their choice, in keeping with their preferred area of specialisation. It is possible to follow courses from the other participating universities since there is a close cooperation between the two universities.
In the second semester students mainly focus on their master’s dissertation (18 credits) which should be in their area of specialisation. They are also expected to take part in intensive course work and/or an apprenticeship in their area of specialisation (12 credits).

Master’s dissertation
The master’s dissertation is a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master‘s degree. The master’s dissertation is an original piece of research work. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student selects a topic and is given guidance by a supervisor. The master’s dissertation consists of a critical bibliography review part, a theoretical reflection and an original analysis of the topic.

Labour Market

This master’s programme is not labour market oriented; it is an excellent preparation for students who want to start a research project (PhD) in the field of linguistics.