BA / MA in Computational Linguistics and Language Technologies

Principle Aims

A bachelor's degree (in this case, "Bachelor of Arts", BA) is a primary professional qualification, while a master's degree (in this case, "Master of Arts", MA) is intended to establish to a deeper scientific understanding of the subject field. This (politically determined) separation can, however, only be implemented in very few subjects.

We try to implement this distinction in such a way that the established knowledge and skills in the field of computational linguistics are a major focus and can be used directly (e.g. in the languages being studied) in the BA. In the MA, the major focus is on the more theoretical processes and research questions to open problems.

Under Legal Basis of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, you will find all relevant framework regulations and conditions of study (in German).

Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (BA/MA)

As a result of the study reform (Bologna 2020) of the Faculty of Humanities, "Computational Linguistics and Language Technology" can only be studied in the following programs starting in the fall semester 2019:

  • Bachelor Major (120) & Minor (60)
  • Master Major (90) & Minor (30).

We do not offer a Monomaster "Computational Linguistics and Language Technology".

As before, the Bachelor Major contains a number of compulsory ECTS credits which can be freely selected from the module catalog of computer science. In the BA-Minor, the Computer Science credits are voluntary, but strongly recommended.

In the Master's program, we allow great freedom of choice: Computer Science modules can also be booked, but they are voluntary.

Digital Linguistics (MA)

In addition to the subject "Computational Linguistics and Language Technology", we offer a complementary minor course "Digital Linguistics" (30 ECTS) in the Master's program, which can be chosen without prerequisites. In addition, "Digital Linguistics" can be studied as a Major in the newly created Monomaster "Linguistics". These Master's programs are particularly suitable for people who have a degree in linguistics and have no previous technical knowledge, but would now like to deepen their knowledge of language processing.

Please take note: neither the Master Minor Digital Linguistics nor the Digital Linguistics Major in the Monomaster Linguistics are suitable for students who have already completed a major or minor in Computational Linguistics in their Bachelor's degree. Those who have studied Computational Linguistics in the Bachelor's program should definitely choose the Master's program Computational Linguistics and Language Technology.