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Linguistics: Translation in Theory and Practice (Dutch/English)

This is a specialisation within the MA Linguistics.

Students take the following obligatory courses:

Course 1: Advanced Translation (5 EC)
Course 2: Translation Studies (5 EC)
Course 3: The Translator’s Tools (5 EC)
Course 4: Thesis Seminar and Thesis (10 EC + 10 EC)
Course 5: Work Placement / Research Internship (10 EC)

In addition, students choose 2 specialized courses from the following:
Course 6 (10 EC) and 7 (5 EC): Literary Translation I (10 EC) or Literary Translation II (5 EC) or Legal Translation I (10 EC) or Legal Translation II (5 EC) or any course offered within the MA Linguistics or a course on a linguistic subject taught in another MA. A course on a linguistic subject taught in another MA is subject to approval by the Board of Examiners.

Please contact the track coordinator for more information on eligibility for registration in the Register of Sworn Interpreters and Translators.

Students who need to complete the programme and started in a previous academic year are eligible to follow the old programme under the transitional provisions (Du: overgangsregeling) set out in the education and examination regulations (Du: Onderwijs- en Examenreglement, OER). They need to contact the study coordinator and need to get their adjusted programme approved by the Board of Examiners.

All courses

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Semester 1: Obligatory Courses

Advanced Translation 5
Translation Studies 5
Translator’s Tools 5
MA Thesis Linguistics including seminar I 5

Elective: select 1 course from the list below:

Literary Translation 1: The familiar and the foreign 10
Legal Translation 1 10

Semester 2: Obligatory Courses

Workplacement 10
MA Thesis Linguistics including seminar II 15

Elective: select 1 course from the list below:

Literary Translation 2: The other side of the tapestry 5
Legal Translation 2 5
Individual project 5

Extra-curricular course

Poetry Translation 5

More info

Full-time and Part-time
Master thesis and requirements for graduation
Masterlanguage Transitional provisions



The MA Linguistics has the following objectives:
1. to enable students to acquire academic knowledge, understanding and skills, and train them in the use of scientific methods in the field of linguistics;
2. to enable students to develop the following academic and professional skills: – independent academic reasoning and conduct, – the ability to analyse complex problems, – academic reporting;
3. to prepare students for an academic career and further education;
4. to prepare students for a career outside academia.


The Master programme in Linguistics (60 EC) offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. With several specialisations on offer you have the possibility to choose a specific research area.


  • Courses from specialisation 30 EC

  • Optional Course 10 EC

  • MA Thesis 20 EC

Full-time and Part-time

All specialisations are offered in Full-time. English Language and Linguistics, French Language and Linguistics, and Translation in Theory and Practice are offered in Full-time as well as Part-time.

Master thesis and requirements for graduation

In order to start your MA Thesis, you must have earned at least 20 EC. For more detailed information, see: MA Thesis Linguistics.

Requirements for graduation are:

  • Successful completion of courses, following the structure of the specific specialisation (40 EC)

  • Successful completion of MA Thesis 20 EC

Please note that you are also asked to fulfill certain administrative procedures, as can be found on the MA Linguistics website.


The programme has the following specialisations:

  • Chinese Linguistics

  • Comparative Indo-European Linguistics

  • English Language and Linguistics

  • French Language and Linguistics

  • German Language and Linguistics

  • Italian Language and Linguistics

  • Language and Communication

  • Language Diversity of Africa, Asia and Native America

  • Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics

  • Translation in Theory and Practice (Dutch/English)


Masterlanguage is a national network of courses for language students. It offers courses in German, English, French, Italian, Classic languages (Greek and Latin) and Dutch. The course subjects are: language, literature and culture, and are taught in the target language. They take place at the locations of the participating universities.More information can be found at their website.

Transitional provisions

tba, please contact the study coordinator