Courses are in German or in English. All participants must know both languages.
Each year, the application period generally lasts from 1 November until 1 March of the following year for scholarship applicants and from 1 November until 15 April of the following year for self-funding applicants. Please note the announcements on our website.
The participation costs are as follows:
- for students from partner countries (non-EU countries except for Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland): 4,500 EUR per semester
- for students from programme countries (28 EU member states + Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland): 2,250 EUR per semester
The European Master in Lexicography (EMLex) programme is an internationally unique Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree (EMJMD) that
- promotes the international and interdisciplinary training of lexicographers (unique in Germany and Europe in its present structure),
- teaches lexicographical theories at a high international level,
- sets a focus on the practice of creating online dictionaries, and
- brings together students from all over the world.
Post-graduates will be able to work in the following fields:
- data management
- information systems
- communication services
- online dictionaries
- language education
- cross-cultural communication
The four-semester programme can be started in the winter semester; the second semester is done abroad. The programme corresponds to the regulations of the Bologna Process, granting an overall number of 120 ECTS (modules account for 5 or 10 credit points each). The total number of students registered for the EMLex Master's course of study is limited to 30 per year due to the particular design of the summer semester that includes block seminars.
The amount of independent student work is estimated to be very intense; therefore, students are expected to be highly motivated. The modules are either e-learning modules, specific lexicography modules, or modules from other courses of study. Post-graduates will be specialists across Europe and even worldwide as EMLex is unique in Germany as well as in Europe. In addition to the general Master's degree, the students will receive an EMJMD certificate documenting their study courses in the international programme.
The curriculum includes the following core topics of lexicography:
typology of dictionaries, research into dictionaries, metalexicography, history of lexicography, corpus work, research into dictionary usage, users’ needs and preconditions of usage, critical research into dictionaries, functions of dictionaries, bilingual lexicography, lexicographical entries, applied lexicography, the lexicographical workshop, lexicographical tools, lexicography for special purposes, terminology and terminography, computational lexicography, electronic dictionaries, encyclopedic dictionaries, learner lexicography, lexicology, and etymology.
Soft skills include language modules and a computer science module. Aims, contents, and special regulations for the courses can be found in detail in the respective schedules.
Flyers with further information about the programme in German, English, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese are available here.