Linguistic and Literary Computing

Master of Arts; tuition language: German and English

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The bilingual (German and English) Master of Arts programme in Linguistic and Literary Computing acquaints the students with digital resources, infrastructures and methods in regard to philology.

The two main areas of specialisation are Computer Philology and Corpus and Computer-based Linguistics.

Additionally, computer programming and an English language course (levels C1 – C2 GER) are part of the programme.

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Study Regulations with Semester Course and Examination Schedule

Course Catalogue

Institute of Linguistics and Literature

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Structure of the degree program

The degree programme is divided into five topic areas:

•Digital Humanities: Introduction

•Linguistic and Literary Computing

•Corpus and Computer Linguistics

•Computer Philology

•English Language skills

•Computer Science

Information on the areas of specialisation:

Computer Philology looks into questions of media-based and digital rendering of texts from literary and cultural contexts. This regards, among others, the medial aspects of texts and their digital rendering in editions, and computer-aided search in larger texts.

Corpus and Computer-based Linguistics have at their core the computer-aided analysis of linguistic data bases, the so-called corpora. Students learn the systematic and reproductable analysis of linguistic questions.

The programme is completed with a Master’s Thesis.

Semesters 4
Language German and English. Please be aware that scientific literature is be read and edited also in English or other foreign languages.
Start of studies Winter semester recommended; summer semester possible without study guarantee
Internship Completing several internships throughout the programme is recommended particularly regarding professional orientation.
Admission requirements 1. A degree B.A. Digital Philology or J.B.A. Digital Philology of TU Darmstadt (reference programme) or an equivalent degree.

2. English at C1 (GER) level.

3. additional requirements:
Study regulations
Competences description.

4. Formal and language requirements for applicants with international qualifications.

See also: General information on applying to a master's degree programme .
Admission procedure Provided that the admission requirements (entrance examination) are met, there are no numerical admission restrictions.
Application Application deadlines
Online application

Early application deadline for international applicants: The application portal TUCaN is already open for international applicants from 1st March 2024 to 31st August 2024 for an application for the winter semester 2024/25. This serves, for example, for the application for a visa or for submission to the Foreigners' Registration Office. More information can be found on our website.
Good to know Costs and budget
Preparatory courses for international students
einfachsTUdieren : Pre-Courses, getting started
Part-time studies
Doctoral Studies

The Master of Arts Linguistic and Literary Computing program gives graduates access to professional fields that require a sound linguistic and corpus linguistic and/or computer philological qualification.

In principle, the professional fields of application for linguists are widely diversified. There are mainly employment opportunities at universities, in teaching and research in literature and linguistics as well as in language teaching in private schools. Further fields of activity are found in school or specialist book editorships, in publishing houses (e.g. in editing), in editorial offices of radio, television and newspapers, in PR and advertising agencies, in libraries and archives, in international organisations, Goethe Institutes and in the cultural sector (e.g. as dramaturge at the theatre). With additional business management qualifications, they can also work in commercial enterprises (e.g. in sales and marketing or in human resources).

It is therefore important to gain practical experience in relevant institutions at an early stage, to prove your general practicality and to establish contacts. The prospect of a good position is increased by the willingness to be professionally mobile, even abroad. A good knowledge of English is highly recommended, especially if you have an international orientation.

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