M.Sc. European Masters Program Language and Communication Technologies

Saarland University

Application deadline: January 12, 2014 (overseas) / January 12, 2014 (non-overseas)
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

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.

Students study at two of the participating universities within the consortium, which in addition to Saarland University, include universities in Italy, Malta, France, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, 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.

Degree qualification

Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) – double degree awarded by two universities from the consortium

Contents

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.

Requirements

Students are selected by a joint committee including members from all partner institutions. Students are selected for study in the programme on the basis of their performance and excellence in their previous studies.

All applications are first screened for fulfilling the following eligibility criteria:

  • meeting of the application deadline
  • completeness of the application
  • English language proficiency
  • Bachelor degree (at least projected completion before starting the LCT Programme) or equivalent in the area of (Computational) Linguistics, Language Technology, Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, or other relevant disciplines, subject to the consent of and the approval by the consortium's admission committee

All applications that meet the eligibility criteria are then assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • results in undergraduate education: grade and quality of first degree (what mark and from which university or program), time spent to receive first degree and way of conducting studies (short and focused, or if long additional activities, richness of studies depending on field, additional activities besides studies), having worked or studied in an interdisciplinary environment (type of first degree studies or additional experience outside the first degree studies)
  • results in areas relevant for LCT, namely Computer Science and Language Technology (including formal linguistics)
  • result of TOEFL, IELTS or other acceptable test (see language requirements), language abilities and practical application in studying or working
  • benefit potential for the students, how the student may profit from participating in the LCT programme
  • motivation of the student for wanting to participate in the LCT programme (expectations, own contribution)

All criteria are equally weighted, except the English proficiency criterion, which is applied in case of otherwise equal ranking.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

Funding

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

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