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.
What languages do I need to know to do the MA?
We have recently changed the MA so that it can now be studied completely in English. We therefore require documentation of advanced English language skills (spoken and written English) at the level of B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Since this is an MA held at a German university, not knowing any German will be a disadvantage in terms of the larger university context. We assume that you will acquire enough German to navigate your way around Konstanz and the university while you are studying for your MA. In practice, when there are only German speakers in any given class, the class is very likely to be taught in German. However, note that most of the teaching and reading materials in linguistics tend to be in English even if the class is taught in German.
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)
- Helsana (Zurich)
- Nuance (Aachen and Zurich)
- Star AG