Core courses [60.0]
List of focuses
The student chooses one of the following focuses :
Professional Focus : Natural Language Processing [30.0]
This professional focus trains students in language industry tools (spell-checking, speech recognition, machine translation, document management, etc.). With its strong business focus, this specialization welcomes guest researchers (from academia and business) and offers a company internship.
For further information: https://uclouvain.be/fr/instituts-recherche/ilc/cental
Professional Focus : Linguistics and its Applications for a Multilingual Society [30.0]
The master degree specialisation "Linguistics and its Applications for a Multilingual Society" (LAMUSO) focuses on usage-based models and methods in language research and their applications, especially in multilingual contexts. It provides a combination of fundamental courses in various domains of linguistics and more practice-oriented modules related to several fields of activity. One of the main features of the programme is its strong multilingual component. It can be followed entirely in English or in a combination of languages (Dutch, English, French, German), and students have access to advanced descriptive courses of these languages.
The aim of the LAMUSO programme is to satisfy the growing demand from both public and private sectors for professionals combining excellent language skills in two or more languages and solid linguistic theory and methodology. Hence, the programme trains students to become professionals in fields such as language teaching, language curriculum design, language syllabus design, language testing, language policy, language technologies, etc.
Access to high-level training in scientific research is also provided thanks to the strong collaboration between the linguistics programme and several top research centres hosted by the research Institute for Language and Communication.
Students enrolled in the LAMUSO specialization are encouraged to apply for an Erasmus grant to cover a period of study at a university offering an interesting range of linguistics courses.
- Germany: Erlangen-Nürnberg or Giessen;
- France: Paris 7, Grenoble-Alpes;
- Switzerland: Fribourg, Geneva;
- The Netherlands: Leiden or Nijmegen;
- Sweden: Lund;
- Finland: Jyväskylä.
Regardless of the chosen focus, students must complete their programme with 30 credits.
Students may take:
the option in Digital Culture and Ethics (15 credits) and make up the 15 remaining credits with optional courses;
the interdisciplinary program in Entrepreneurship (30 crédits);
optional courses worth 30 credits.
Students specialising in NLP and taking the option in Digital Culture and Ethics must give priority to additional courses in the "Computational linguistics and computer science" section of the optional courses.
Note: If certain optional courses offered in options or taken as optional courses are also available in the core curriculum or in a professional focus, they must not comprise more than 6 credits.
Interdisciplinary Program in Entrepreneurship [30.0]
The interdisciplinary program in Entrepreneurship (CPME) extends over two annual blocks and is part of the Master's programme. Students choosing this option are brought together in cross-disciplinary teams to create businesses. Admission is limited to students selected based on their academic record. Further details are available at: https://uclouvain.be/fr/etudier/cpme/le-programme.html.
Option in Digital Culture and Ethics [15.0]
The digital has transformed our lives and culture to the extent to which everything takes place nowadays in “digital space,” as our own space, time, and existence are all deeply digitalized. In the “culture of connectivity,” the digital is ubiquitous, we are, one way or another, always online, while technology is no longer just ‘at hand’, but already intimately infiltrating and fusing with our thoughts, our sensations, and even our bodies.
The Digital Culture and Ethics Option offers courses focusing on such profound changes brought about by the digital in all walks of life and academic disciplines alike. It invites the students to reflect critically and creatively on the resulting large-scale evolutions and equips them with the right skills and tools for approaching their subject matters from cutting-edge and presently much needed, genuinely effective and encompassing perspectives.
The topics and practical applications taught in this option also open up the scope of our specialized fields to wider cross-disciplinary viewpoints, thus making us ready to be professionally versatile and successful in a deeply transformed digital world.
Optional courses [30.0]
To ensure coherence of their studies, students must select their optional courses from those listed below.
Note: Some optional courses are also available in the core curriculum or the LAMUSO professional focus, but the courses taken may not exceed 6 credits. No computer science course may be chosen in the Natural Language Processing professional focus.
It is recommended that students following the NLP professional focus choose their optional courses in the "Computational and Computer Linguistics" section.
A maximum of 6 credits can be chosen from the Option in Digital Culture and Ethics is tolerated. Student's programme is submitted to the approval of the president or secretary of the jury.
Preparatory Module (only for students who qualify for the course via complementary coursework)
To access this Master, students must have a good command of certain subjects. If this is not the case, students must take supplementary classes chosen by the faculty to satisfy course prerequisites.
What is a preparatory module?
It is a set of supplementary classes (courses, practical works, seminars, etc.) from the first cycle (see the non-exhaustive list below). The complementary module (maximum 60 credits) is tailor-made by the jury according to the student's educational background and added to the Master’s programme in order to acquire fundamental knowledge to then pursue the 120 credits of the Master’s programme.
Who is it for?
- Students from a non-university higher education institution
- Candidates admitted with additional training
- Candidates admitted on the file with additional training
All the explanations are in this document (in French).