Language and Communication Technologies (M.Sc.) (M.A.)

Die Universität des Saarlandes koordiniert den internationalen Masterstudiengang "Language and Communication Technologies". Der Studiengang ermöglicht es Studentinnen und Studenten aus der ganzen Welt, eine hochkarätige Ausbildung mit dem Erwerb von Fremdsprachenkenntnissen und kulturellen Kompetenzen zu verbinden und dabei inhaltliche und geografische Schwerpunkte zu setzen.

Studiert wird an zwei Hochschulen des Konsortiums, das neben der Universität des Saarlandes Hochschulen in Frankreich, Italien, Malta, den Niederlanden, Spanien, Tschechien, China und Australien umfasst. Dabei können die Studierenden Module aus den Bereichen Sprachtechnologie, Computerlinguistik, Theoretische Linguistik und Informatik kombinieren und sich so ein individuelles Profil zulegen. Absolventen erwerben je nach inhaltlicher Ausrichtung den Master of Science oder den Master of Arts von den beiden Universitäten, an denen studiert wurde.

Begleitet und gefördert werden die Studentinnen und Studenten von zwei Betreuern − einem von jeder der beiden gewählten Hochschulen. Gemeinsam mit den Betreuern entwickeln sie einen individuellen Studienplan, der vom Studienausschuss des Konsortiums bewilligt werden muss. Die Masterarbeit wird an einer oder an beiden der gewählten Hochschulen angefertigt und gemeinsam betreut. Die Verteidigung der Masterarbeit findet vor einer Jury bestehend aus Mitgliedern von beiden Universitäten statt. Zur finanziellen Unterstützung der Teilnehmer am Masterstudiengang steht eine Reihe von Stipendien und anderen Fördermöglichkeiten zur Verfügung.

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Structure

The international Master's programme 'Language and Communication Technologies' consists of compulsory modules and advanced modules in the fields of language technology and computer science, a final-year research project and a Master's thesis, for a total of 120 ECTS credits.

1. Compulsory modules

The compulsory core modules and their content are described on the LCT website.

2. Advanced modules

Students must acquire 42 ECTS credits (42 CP) from the advanced modules offered, of which at least 4 CP must be in the area 'Language Technologies' and 4 CP in 'Computer Science'. The advanced modules offered are based on the specific research and teaching strengths of the partner institutions and thus vary from partner to partner. Of the 42 CP to be acquired in this module category, 15 CP may be earned from a student project. The research Master's thesis consists of 30 CP.

The main areas covered in the advanced 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 programme have to study at two institutions within the consortium. As such, they are jointly supervised by two lecturers (tutors), one from each institution. Each student will work with their tutor to develop a personal study plan. This plan must be submitted for approval to the Joint Committee of the consortium. Students are required to successfully complete all written and/or oral exams in the modules selected in their personal study plan.

4. Master's thesis

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 whose members are drawn form the two selected universities.

Requirements

Students are selected by a joint committee whose members come from all the partner institutions within the consortium. Students are chosen on the basis of their academic performance and achievements in their previous studies.

All applications are first screened to ensure that they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • application has been submitted within the prescribed deadline
  • application is correct and complete
  • applicant has required English language proficiency
  • applicant has a Bachelor's degree (or can state projected completion date before starting the LCT programme) or an equivalent qualification 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 approval by the consortium's Admission Committee

All applications that meet the eligibility criteria are then assessed with respect to the following selection criteria:

  • results achieved in undergraduate education: grade/class of first degree and name of programme and awarding university; time spent studying for first degree and approach taken (short and focused, or if applicant spent longer studying details of additional activities in other academic fields and disciplines, extra-curricular activities); whether student worked or studied in an interdisciplinary environment (due to structure of first degree programme or because of additional experience gained elsewhere)
  • results in areas relevant for LCT, namely computer science and language technology (including formal linguistics)
  • result attained in a TOEFL, IELTS or other acceptable language proficiency test (see language requirements), evidence of practical use of English in a work or study environment
  • how applicant is likely to benefit from participating in the LCT programme
  • personal statement of applicant's motivation and reasons for wanting to join the LCT programme (expectations, own contributions)

All of the above criteria are equally weighted, except the English proficiency criterion, which is applied in the event that two or more applicants are otherwise equally ranked.

How to apply

The online application form is available from the LCT website.

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.

Contact us

Studienfachberatung

Dr. Jürgen Trouvain
Campus Saarbrücken
Geb. C7 2, Zi. 4.06
Tel.: 0681 302-4694

trouvain(at)coli.uni-saarland.de
www.uni-saarland.de/lst

Zentrale Studienberatung

Campus Saarbrücken
Campus Center, Geb. A4 4, EG
Tel.: 0681 302-3513
studienberatung(at)uni-saarland.de

Zentrale Studienberatung

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