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 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.
You can apply until:
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This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Book IELTS
Applicants must have a Higher Educational Institution (HEI) degree in the area of
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:
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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
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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