Learning outcomes

The programme of Master of Linguistics builds on the competences the students acquired in the Bachelor’s programme of Linguistics and Literature. Additionally the students acquire the following core competences:

1. They are able to formulate a scientific question as clearly and accurately as possible as a starting point for their own research.
2. They are familiar with the most important linguistic theories and models and they are able to easily use the basic concepts of linguistics.
3. They can reflect independently on language and they have insight in the diversity and the evolution of human language.
4. They are able to gather, select and process professional scientific literature.
5. They have acquired the necessary linguistic and communicative skills to report adequately on their research and to efficiently participate in discussions about their subject area.
6. They have the necessary background knowledge to situate their research in their own subject area, they have developed considerable powers of analysis and interpretation enabling them to judge the originality and relevance of their research and to critically evaluate its social relevance. They can also actively but critically follow the developments in the domains of research and in the relevant scientific and cultural context.

The above-mentioned core competences are developed further into 15 competences representing a whole of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

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