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Language and Communication Technologies (Double Degree Programme)

How do we cope with the information overload of modern media? What is the best way to collect data in a multilingual environment? Find out in this international Double Degree track.

The track in Language and Communication Technologies combines Theoretical Linguistics and Computer Science. You will study language technology in a multi-lingual setting.

The two-year training is part of the prestigious international Erasmus Mundus programme. The first year you will start in Groningen. You will finish the programme with a stay at one of our partner universities in the second year. After completing the track, you will receive two Master's degrees: a degree in Linguistics in Groningen and a second Master's degree depending on the partner university you chose to stay at.

The programme consists of compulsory and optional courses. In this way, you can design the programme to fit your interests. In addition, you will do a research project and write a Master's thesis.

Language and Communication Technologies is an Erasmus Mundus programme.


Facts & Figures
Degree
MA/MSc in Linguistics (research)
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60817
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Unique combination of theoretical linguistics and computer-science research in a multi-lingual setting.
  • Rapidly evolving area of study with excellent career opportunities, both in industry and academia.
  • Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme.
Programme
Periods
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Basic Statistics (5 EC)
Corpus Analysis (5 EC)
Syntactic and Semantic Theory (10 EC)
Elective courses (for example Language Modelling, Learning from Data, Multichannel Management, Neuro-Imaging and Language) (40 EC)
Periods
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Exchange Programme (30 EC)
ResMa Thesis Linguistics, Thesis Class (30 EC)
Programme options
Master's placement (specialization)

During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for 10 ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Students must be willing to complete the second year at one of the partner universities.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1. If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

previous education

Bachelor's diploma in a field related to Computer Science, Theoretical Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence

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Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Students must be willing to complete the second year at one of the partner universities.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1.

previous education

Bachelor's diploma in a field related to Computer Science, Theoretical Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence

other admission requirements

For detailed admission requirements please see the programme website: http://www.lct-master.org

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees

EU-students: 4250 € per year non-EU students: 8500 € per year

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation, you are well prepared for a career in Information Technology. You can work on subjects such as web search, information management and human-computer dialogue systems. You can also continue your career in research, for instance as a PhD student at a university.

Job examples

  • Career in the IT industry
Research

The EM LCT courses are predominantly taught by researchers from the computational linguistics group of the Centre for Language and Cognition. The group specializes in automatic syntactic analysis (of Dutch and other languages), automatic semantic interpretation, machine translation, and authorship studies. In various projects, we have contributed to syntactic parsing of Dutch: Alpino parser for Dutch, Universal Dependencies treebank for Dutch, Deep semantic interpretation (parallel meaning bank), and dialectology (visualizing dialects).

Master students are actively encouraged to become involved in research, either through research assistantships, or by participating in working groups that participate in shared tasks, such as authorship attribution (Groningen Lightweight Authorship Attribution) or language identification (The power of character n-grams in Native Language Identification)

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Language and Communication Technologies (Double Degree Programme), please contact:

  • Faq
    Telephone: +31 (0)50 363 63
  • Dr. Gosse Bouma (coordinator)
    Email: emlct@rug.nl
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    PhD at Queen Mary University of London

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    In the final year of my bachelor studies in computer science, I decided that I wanted to do a master where I would be able to apply my knowledge about the field. When I heard about the master in LCT, I applied immediately. I got in, which allowed me the possibility to stay for an other year in the city of Groningen.

    What attracted me in studying at the Rijksuniversiteit, was that it is a transparant university. I could easily access course descriptions and materials. What I also liked, was that I had the possibility to take courses outside my faculty. For example in philosophy. Besides studying, I did a lot of sports like fencing, swimming and horse riding. The student life experience in Groningen was amazing for me.
    During my study, I got an internship at Paylogic (a ticketing company based in Groningen). Later, I've joined Paylogic as a backed developer and I gained a PhD position at Queen Mary University of London. Here I work on Distributional Semantics, looking at the meaning of representations of words and phrases. Currently, I am in the final year of my PhD and I am looking for postdoc positions. Who knows, maybe there will be one in Groningen!

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    I really enjoy the enthusiasm and passion that the teachers have here

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    My name is Isolde van Dorst (21) and I am currently studying the Erasmus Mundus Language and Communication Technologies. Before this, I studied the bachelor English Language and Culture here at the University of Groningen as well.

    Why Groningen?

    I chose this Master's track because I was interested in linguistics (through my bachelor), but I also wanted to expand into a different direction than I was able to during my bachelor. As I already went abroad during my bachelor, I knew I would enjoy that part of this programme very much as well. However, I did decide to still apply for a place at the University of Groningen, in my home country, because I really enjoy the enthusiasm and passion that the teachers have here. In addition, it is a high ranking university that would help me develop as a person as well as a student.

    Future

    After finishing my Master's track I am hoping to either get a PhD position in computational linguistics or find a job that allows me to travel as well as inspires me to continue expanding my knowledge.

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Holland Scholarship

Holland Scholarship

Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more on the Holland Scholarship.

Master’s degree programme in Linguistics

The Faculty of Arts also offers a one year master’s degree programme in Linguistics.

Read more

Study associations

Tw!st

TW!ST is the study association for students of Linguistics in Groningen.
Since it started in 2005, TW!ST has been encouraging students to get to know each other both in and outside the lecture halls. The association organizes trips to language research institutes, symposiums and lectures, and other activities including an introduction camp, drinks and dinner parties and a gala. We also provide our members with study material at discount prices.
http://twistgroningen.nl/

Synthesis

Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields.
Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/468316950175210/
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Study support

Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example study delay, a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor.

In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC), for example on study stress and holding presentations.