The European Master in Lexicography (EMLex) is an international Master’ s degree program (120 ECTS) that has been offered by the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg since 2009. It includes a joint summer semester abroad for all students in cooperation with the following universities and institutions:

Partner universities

  • 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 [1] [2]
  • Stellenbosch University

Associated partners

  • Universität Hildesheim
  • Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

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 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 degree at the university, the students will receive an extra certificate in which the internationality of the contents of the studies is documented.

Conditions of admission

The admission to the master program is subject to special conditions: A first academic degree with a mark above average and a special entrance examination (cf. examination regulations). A basic command of German and English, which can be deepened in the first semester, is essential for participation in the program because the lectures will be held in these two languages. A proficiency level of B1 or higher (Common European Framework of Reference) is recommended from the beginning.


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, encyclopaedic dictionaries, learner lexicography, lexicology, etymology.

Soft skills include language courses and a computer science module.

Funding The EMLex is being supported by the European Erasmus Mundus program and can thus offer 2-year scholarships to international students with good German and English knowledge and basic linguistic knowledge.

Application deadline: 31st January

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Program taught in:
  • English
  • German

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