1. The master is familiar with the current and contemporary methodological approaches in his/her research area and he/she is able to apply these autonomously.
2. The master is familiar with the most important primary literature in his/her research area (books and articles on linguistics).
3. The master is familiar with the most important questions within his/her subject area.
4. The master is familiar with the most important linguistic theories, current ones as well as less current ones, and he/she is able to easily use the basic concepts in his/her research area. He/she can develop a personal point of view about the areas studied.
5. The master has a basic insight in the structure and functioning of the language in which he/she writes the master thesis and he/she is able to reflect on the structure and the use of language.
6. The master has acquired linguistic and communication skills to formulate a scientific question as clearly and accurately as possible as a starting point for his/her own research.
7. The master can place his/her own domain of research in relation to other scientific disciplines and actively look for relations with these disciplines.
8. The master has the necessary knowledge about the literature and publications in his/her subject area (magazines, websites and other digital media).
9. The master has developed considerable powers of analysis and interpretation.
10. The master has a critical attitude towards the scientific quality and social relevance of his/her own research
11. The master is able to actively but critically follow the developments in the domains of research and in the relevant scientific and cultural context.
12. The master is able to independently gather and select professional scientific literature, and also to gather, select and process data in function of research (primary literature, documents, corpora, questionnaires, etc. depending on his/her research area).
13. The master has acquired linguistic and communication skills to write argumentative texts and to effectively participate in discussions about his/her subject area while defending his/her position convincingly.
14. The master has a critical orientation in the broad cultural, political and social context
15. The master has acquired linguistic and communication skills to report, both orally and in writing including electronic reporting