Would you like to be a part of an internationally renowned master's program and educated in the academic field of lexicography?
Then what about becoming a student of the elite study program European Master in Lexicography (EMLex), an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree that offers a highly valuable and worldwide unique education? You will be able to study at different European universities, to establish international academic contacts and to increase your professional opportunities tremendously.
Graduates of the EMLex are highly qualified international experts in research, education, culture, linguistics, and information management.
The European Master in Lexicography (EMLex) is an international Master’s degree program (120 ECTS) that has been offered since 2009. Since 2016 the EMLex can be concluded with an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree. It includes a joint summer semester abroad for all students in cooperation with the following universities and institutions:
Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem (Budapest)
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach (Kattowitz)
Université de Lorraine
Universidade do Minho
Universita degli Studi Roma Tre
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim
The University of Texas at Austin
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State UniversityErasmus Mundus Association
Basic idea and general objectives
The master program EMLex is an international course of studies that:
promotes the international and interdisciplinary training of lexicographers (unique in Germany and Europe in its present structure)
teaches lexicographical theories on a high international level
includes a distinct connection to the practical application of dictionary creation
brings together students from different European countries
Post-graduates will be qualified to work both as lexicographers at a publishing company and as academic lexicographers in all fields of lexicography, starting from the conception of printed and electronic dictionaries and specific lexicographical tasks through to the technical realization of lexicographical products. Besides, they will receive profound training in the theoretical field of modern lexicography, which will enable them to conduct scientific research or to work in an advisory position in the field of publishing and further education.
The four-semester program can be taken up each winter term; the second semester is completed abroad. The program corresponds to the regulations of the Bologna process: The overall number of ECTS points granted is 120 (the modules have either 5 or 10 ECTS points). The total number of students who are registered for EMLex at the participating universities is limited to 30 per year, which is due to the particular design of the block seminars during the summer term. These seminars constitute the key components of the program’s international orientation.
Students are expected to conduct large amounts of private study because a considerable degree of self-motivation is required. The modules are either e-learning-modules, specific lexicography modules, or import modules from other courses of study. The post-graduates will be absolute specialists Europe-wide because such a master's degree program in lexicography is unique in Germany and Europe, even more so with regard to its international form of organization. In addition to the usual master's degree at the university, the students will receive an extra certificate in which the internationality of the contents of the studies is documented.
The curriculum places an emphasis on the following lexicographical topics:
Typology of dictionaries, dictionary research, metalexicography, history of lexicography, corpus work, research of dictionary usage, user needs and preconditions of usage, critical dictionary research, functions of dictionaries, bilingual lexicography, lexicographical data, applied lexicography, work in the lexicographical workshop, lexicographical tools, lexicography for special purposes, terminology and terminography, computational lexicography, electronic dictionaries, encyclopedic dictionaries, learner lexicography, lexicology, etymology.
Soft skills include language courses and a computer science module.
1st Semester (ECTS)
2nd Semester (ECTS)
3rd Semester (ECTS)
4th Semester (ECTS)
basic module B1
basic module B2 (home module)
basic module B3 (soft skills, language courses, computer science courses)
advanced module A1
advanced module A2
advanced module A3
advanced module A4
advanced module A5
advanced module A6
advanced module A7
advanced module A8
advanced module A9
advanced module A10
in-depth module V1
in-depth module V2 (home module)
in-depth module V3
Jobs & internship positions
EMLex is the only master program worldwide that offers an international bi-annual academic training of 120 ECTS in the realm of lexicography. In addition to the necessary theoretical foundations, practical lexicographic work plays a major role in academic training. It takes place in internships that students complete after their second semester, amongst others at our partner organizations and partner companies. These do not only include dictionary publishing houses, but also universities, research institutions as, for example, Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) and the ATILF, and language technology companies. As EMLex students often speak more than the two required languages English and German, internships can be done all over the world. Between 2010 and 2019, a total number of 90 EMLex students (among them 49 Erasmus Mundus students) completed their internships at inside and outside of Europe.
Career opportunities after EMLex graduation – a general overview
Post-graduates will be able to work either as lexicographers at a publishing company or as academic lexicographers in all fields of lexicography, ranging from the conception of printed and online dictionaries to specific lexicographical tasks through to the technical realization of lexicographical software and information systems.
EMLex brings together students from different countries of the world. Graduates will be Europe-wide specialists because EMLex is unique in Germany and Europe, even more so with regard to its international form of organization.
How, when, and where can you apply for the EMLex program?
You have to make sure that you meet different requirements before applying. Be aware that these requirements can differ from one university to another. Please have a look at the respective university websites.
In general, the application period for every year lasts from 1 November until 1 March of the following year (scholarship applicants), respectively 15 April of the following year (self-funding applicants). Please note the announcements on our website.
Submitting your application:
If you fulfill all the requirements, please send your complete application within the application period.
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