This page collects answers to a list of frequently asked questions that arise with respect to the MA in Speech and Language Processing. It also provides some information on where our graduates have gone on to work/study. Specifics as to the computational part of this Master can be found here.
How much linguistics do I need to know?
We assume that you will know your way around the core areas of linguistics: phonetics/phonology, morphology/syntax, semantics/pragmatics. If you have not had courses in one or two of these core areas, the chances are still good that we will admit you. However, in this case you will be asked to make up the knowledge by attending some of our BA classes on these topics.
You should definitely be interested in the structure of languages
and issues in theoretical linguistics and should be interested in
computational and/or experimental methods to pursue and explore
How much programming do I need to know?
We do not require you to know a programming language before you enter the MA. We also do not require you to have a knowledge of statistical methodology. However, you should like logical thinking and be comfortable around mathematics. You should also not be afraid of computers or of laboratory work.
If I want to work in Speech Therapy, is this the right MA?
Is it possible to go abroad as part of the MA?
Yes, this is in principle possible. We are active in the ERASMUS exchanges and several other exchanges are also possible.
Do I need to know German to do the MA?
Yes. Individual courses in the MA are taught in English; however, the majority are taught in German. In order to qualify for the MA, you need to be able to provide proof of German language skills (e.g., DSH 2 or a TestDaF 4 certificate).
Graduates: Life after the MA
Some of our graduates choose to pursue a PhD. These are universities which have admitted our graduates:
Other graduates have gone directly into industry or other lines of work.
- F+U Unternehmensgruppe (Heidelberg)
- Exorbyte (Konstanz)
- Google (München)
- Nuance (Aachen and Zurich)