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.
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.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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.Book IELTS
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Minimum required score:
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).
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:
2. a up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV), written in English
3. certified copies of:
4. a transcript of academic records
5. a copy of your identity document.
Please include the names of two referees on your application form.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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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