Speech and Language Processing – Master of Arts

Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree.For this, the University of Konstanz offers the Bachelor's Programme in Linguistics.

The Master’s Programme in Speech and Language Processing is designed as a post-graduate programme to deepen knowledge acquired during the bachelor's degree in linguistics or an equivalent degree. The programme focuses on the (dysfunctional and functional) human and automated processing of spoken and written language, and it gives you the opportunity to specialise in Human Language Processing or Machine Language Processing.

  • Master of Arts
Start of study
  • Winter semester | Summer semester
Standard period of study
  • 4 Semester
Application period
  • 29.11. - 15.01. | 15.03. - 15.05.
Admission restriction
  • No
Mandatory minor
  • No
ECTS Credits
  • 120

Why study Speech and Language Processing in Konstanz?

  • Our Department of Linguistics is one of the leading research institutions for linguistics in Germany.
  • There are six language laboratories available for experimental research and teaching

Study content


Career prospects

Apart from the possibility of working on university research projects or at research institutes, linguistics also forms the background for fields in which the structure of language plays a role, ranging from industrial research, natural language processing, communications technology, to editors in publishing and the mass media. 

As a result, linguists are afforded opportunities of working in research and teaching (with a master’s degree), in companies dealing with natural language technology (e.g., Google, IBM, Nuance or Amazon), libraries, archives, documentation centres, with publishers, radio and television companies, in ministries (at federal or state level), with international agencies, and adult education institutions.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

If you are aiming for an academic career, you can follow up with doctoral studies.

Study structure

Start of study

Winter semester | Summer semester

Study structure

A total of 120 ECTS credits is required in this master's programme (102 credits in the core study area, 18 in the supplementary courses).

The master's programme Speech and Language Processing consists of 8 modules. The core study area comprises the modules 1-6 and 8, the neighboring area module 7. You can complete the study programme in English.

Module 1: Core Areas of Linguistics, 18 cr
Module 2: Methods, 12 cr
Module 3: Foundations, 18 cr
Module 4: Machine Language Processing (MLP), 18/9 cr
Module 5: Human Language Processing (HLP), 18/9 cr
Module 6: Practical/Experimental Applications and Research, 6 cr
Module 7: Neighboring Areas, 18 cr
Module 8: Master Thesis and Oral Exam, 21 cr

Learning statistical methods and a programming language is mandatory in this study programme.  Courses on statistical methods are available in module 2, courses on programming languages in modules 2, 4 or 7.

These documents will support you in planning your studies:

Opportunities for additional training

At the University of Konstanz, you have a broad range of opportunities and training options that complement your study programme, for example orientation programmes to support new students, learning guidance, language courses, a data and information literacy programme as well as options promoting career-oriented skills and social commitment.

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Internships and stays abroad


An internship during your studies is mandatory. If you are interested in gaining practical experience, the staff of our department and the university’s Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Stay abroad
Generally, you can include a study abroad stay in your master's programme. The university promotes study abroad via the Erasmus+ programme and numerous other exchange programmes.

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Study requirements

Admission requirements for studying

  • Admission requirement is an above-average qualifying degree with the grade "good" (2.5) or better of a three-year (or more) study programme in the field of "Linguistics" (minimum degree: Bachelor of Arts [BA] or equivalent) at an institution of higher education or 'Berufsakademie'. In exceptional cases applicants may be admitted who have completed their qualifying degree (grade "good" 2.5 or better) in another, comparable study programme with academic achievements that make a successful participation in the Master's Programme in Speech and Language Processing likely.
  • Documentation of advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Further information can be found in the admission regulations.


Semester fee
All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Required language skills

Foreign language skills
Documentation of advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching and examination language

Course may be held in English or in German. Consequently, course work and academic performance assessments can be completed in these languages, too.

Interests and skills

  • Enthusiasm for language(s) and their structure
  • Formal and networked ability to think
  • Very good English skills


Application and application documents

Application documents

  • Documentation of your academic degree including details on course work and performance. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far. 
  • Documentation of advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • An application letter in English (at most one page), providing information on your motivation and suitability for the study programme.
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation, if applicable (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’ 

Important note: Please note the information provided in the tab "Admission requirements".

International applicants

  • If your documents are not available in German or English, you will need to have them translated. Please submit a German or English translation of your documents along with the original versions.
  • Applicants from China, India and Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy of your home country.

An application is possible during the following period: 29.11. - 15.01. | 15.03. - 15.05.
There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website .


Contact person

The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) can help you with general questions about finding the right study programme as well as when you are concerned or unsure about your studies. We will be happy to advise you and support you with a wide range of services .

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)
Room: D 409 – 412a
Make an appointment: termin.zsb@uni-konstanz.de

Questions related to the content or organization of the study programme:
Departmental student advisory
Dr. Tina Bögel
Email: ma.slp@uni-konstanz.de

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