European Masters Program Language and Communication Technologies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    8500
    Tuition (Year)
    4250
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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Saarland University is the coordinating institution for the international Master's programme "Language and Communication Technologies". The programme offers students from around the world high-class academic training coupled with the opportunity to improve their foreign language skills and hone their intercultural competence by selecting subject-related and geographical areas of preference.

About

Students study at two of the participating universities within the consortium, which, in addition to Saarland University, includes universities in the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Spain, China and Australia. Students can combine modules from the fields of language technology, computer linguistics, theoretical linguistics and informatics in a way that reflects their own personal academic interests. Depending on the focus of the modules and courses taken, graduates from the programme will be awarded either an M.Sc. or an M.A. degree from each of the two universities at which they studied.

Each student receives support and guidance from two academic supervisors – one from each of the student's two chosen universities. Students work with their supervisors to develop an individual study plan, which then has to be approved by the study committee that represents the consortium. The Master's thesis project is jointly supervised and can be carried out at either or both of the chosen institutions. The Master's thesis is defended in front of a jury whose members are drawn from the two chosen universities. A number of scholarships and other funding sources are available to financially support students on the Master's programme.

Programme Structure

The course consists of Compulsory Modules and Advanced Modules in Language Technologies and Computer Science, complemented by a Project, and a Master's thesis, for a total of 120 ECTS credits.

1. Compulsory Modules

You'll find the Core Modules and their range of possible syllabi on the LCT webpage.

2. Advanced Modules

The Advanced Modules consist of 42 ECTS credits, of these at least 4 credits should be in Language Technologies and 4 in Computer Science. These modules are based on the specific strengths in research and teaching of the partner institutions and thus vary from partner to partner. From the 42 ECTS credits of this category of modules, 15 may be devoted to a project. The research master's thesis consists of 30 ECTS credit points.

Main topics of the Advances Modules are:

Language Technologies (Advanced LT-M4): at least 4 CP

Machine translation, information and knowledge representation, information retrieval, question answering, speech recognition and generation, models of human language processing and understanding, psycholinguistics

Computer Science (Advanced CS-M4): at least 4 CP

Artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, automated reasoning, semantic web, intelligent and multi-modal interfaces, cognitive modelling, computational psychology, neural networks, machine learning

3. Study plan

Students within the double degree program have to study at two institutions of the consortium. As such, they are jointly monitored by two lecturers (tutors), one from each institution. Each student has to develop a study plan with his tutors. This plan must be submitted for approval to the Joint Committee of the Consortium. The students have to complete successfully all the written and/or oral exams of the modules selected in the aforementioned study plan.

4. Master's thesis

The students have to submit and defend their master's thesis at either or both of their selected institutions. The master's thesis can be jointly supervised. It is defended in front of a jury with members from the two selected universities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 95

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Please submit your application via the online form. You will need to provide:

1. a personal statement of interest written in English. Please write no more than two pages focusing on:

  • your reasons for applying
  • your areas of interest in relation to the various sub-disciplines within the field of language and communication technologies (language technology, computational and theoretical linguistics, and computer science)
  • optional: your preferences for the host and partner universities together with the reasons for your choice. While your preferences will be taken into account, the final assignment will be made to best match with your study needs.

2. a up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV), written in English

3. certified copies of:

  • your Bachelor's degree certificate
  • relevant certification that you fulfil the necessary language requirements

4. a transcript of academic records

5. a copy of your identity document.

Please include the names of two referees on your application form.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 8500 International
  • EUR 4250 EU/EEA

Funding

By submitting an application to the program, you will automatically also be considered for the relevant Erasmus Mundus scholarship, if applicable.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.