European Master in Lexicography (EMLex), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, German


The master programme EMLex is a new international course of study that:
  • promotes the international and interdisciplinary training of lexicographers (unique in Germany and Europe in its present planned structure)
  • teaches lexicographical theories on a high international level
  • contains a distinct orientation towards the practice of creating dictionaries
  • brings together students from different European countries.

Post-graduates will be able to work either as a lexicographer at a publishing company or as an academic lexicographer in all fields of lexicography, from the conception of printed and electronic dictionaries to specific lexicographical tasks and further to the technical realization of lexicographical products. Besides, they will be trained profoundly in the analytic-theoretical field of modern lexicography in order to find a field of activity in scientific research or as advising-conceptional lexicographer in the field of publishing and further education.

The four-semester programme can be started each winter term; the second semester is done abroad. The programme corresponds to the regulations of the Bologna process: The overall number of ECTS points granted is 120 (the modules have 5 or 10 ECTS points). The total number of students, who are registered for EMLex at the participating universities, is limited to 30 per year because of the particular design of the block seminars during the summer term. These seminars are the core piece of the international aspect.

The rate of private study is expected to be high, because considerable degree self-motivation is expected from the students. The modules are either learning-modules, special lexicography-modules or import-modules from other courses of study. The post-graduates will be Europe-wide because a master degree programme in lexicography is unique in Germany and Europe, even more so with its international form of organization. In addition to the general master degree at the university, the students will receive a further certificate in which the internationality of the contents of the studies is documented.

The following universities participate in the programme:
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schierholz, Prof. Dr. Thomas Herbst, Prof. Dr. Peter O. Müller
  • Université de Lorraine: Prof. Dr. Eva Buchi, Prof. Dr. Alain Polguere
  • Universidade Santiago de Compostela: Prof. Dr. Maria José Domínguez-Vázquez
  • Universität Hildesheim: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heid
  • Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem Budapest: Dr. Zita Hollós
  • Uniwersytet ´Slaski w Katowicach (Kattowitz): Dr. habil. Monika Bieli´nska
  • Universidade do Minho: Prof. Dr. Álvaro Iriarte Sanromán
  • Stellenbosch University, Prof. Dr. Rufus H. Gouws.

Programme Structure

The curriculum places an emphasis on the following lexicographical topics:

Typology of dictionaries, dictionary research, metalexicography, history of lexicography, corpus work, research of dictionary usage, user needs and preconditions of usage, critical dictionary research, functions of dictionaries, bilingual lexicography, lexicographical data, applied lexicography, work in the lexicographical workshop, lexicographical tools, lexicography for special purposes, terminology and terminography, computational lexicography, electronic dictionaries, encyclopaedic dictionaries, learner lexicography, lexicology, etymology.

Soft skills include language courses and a computer science module. Aims, contents and special regulations for the courses are listed in the schedule in detail.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

Applicants must have a Higher Educational Institution (HEI) degree in the area of

  • (Computational/Applied) Linguistics
  • (Foreign) Languages
  • Translation
  • Communication/Media
  • Book Studies / Library and Information Science
  • or other relevant disciplines, subject to the consent of and the approval by the Consortium’s admission committee.

If your HEI degree is still in progress, you may nevertheless submit an application. The restriction in this case will be that the HEI degree certificate is available before the EMLex study course begins.


Proficiency in English and German is essential for participation because the courses will be taught in these two languages. Language requirements are either:

  • at least level B1 in English and at least level B2 in German or:
  • at least level B1 in German and at least level B2 in English

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2250 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Erlangen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


EMLex provides 15 Erasmus Mundus scholarships per intake. The first intake begins with winter term which starts in September or October (depending on the home university). T75% of the scholarships are given to partner country students; 25% are given to programme country students.
  • Partner Countries: Non-EU countries with the exception of Turkey, Macedonia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland
  • Programme Countries: 28 EU member states + Turkey, Macedonia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland

If you come from a partner country and have carried out your main activities (studies, work, training) in any programme country for at least 12 months in total during the previous five years, you are considered an applicant from a programme country.

b) The scholarship includes

  • Contribution to subsistence costs: 1,000€ per month for the entire duration of the EMLex study programme (24 months maximum)
  • Contribution to the travel and installation costs:
    • For scholarships holders resident in a programme country: 1,000€ per year for travel costs
    • For scholarship holders resident in a partner country whose location is situated at less than 4,000km from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: 2,000€ per year for travel costs + 1,000€ for installation costs
    • For scholarship holders resident in a partner country whose location is situated at 4,000km or more from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: 3,000€ per year for travel costs + 1,000€ for installation costs
  • The scholarship also includes participation costs for the EMJMD-EMLex. These participation costs cover all additional costs which occur during your studies, including tuition fees, health insurance, library costs, administrative costs, cultural events, etc.

Note: If you study in your home country you will not receive contribution to subsistence costs for the duration of your stay there. If you are a partner country student and study at Stellenbosch you will only receive contribution to subsistence costs for the duration of three months of your stay there.

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