International programme in linguistics

FIAL

Master's degree in linguistics

To become a specialist in written and oral communication and meet the challenges of a multicultural and multilingual society in the digital age

The master’s degree in linguistics offers a multilingual and interdisciplinary curriculum and develops expertise in different areas of communication from multicultural and multilingual perspectives. It also allows you to improve your proficiency in several foreign languages.

Focusing on a theoretical and applied approach to linguistics, the master's degree exposes students to the manifestations of language in context: collection and study of linguistic data, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, etc.

At the end of the programme, you will be able to lead or contribute to major language projects in:

  • Language education;
  • Bilingualism and language policies;
  • Developing language proficiency tests;
  • Writing educational books, dictionaries, etc.

Programme strengths

Specialisation in linguistics and its applications for a multilingual society

  • A very open multilingual programme that combines two working languages (to be chosen from among German, English, French, Dutch and Spanish) and offers the possibility of adding a third or pursuing the entire programme in English.
  • Specialised courses in the main areas of expertise and with the Valibel Discourse and Variation Research Center, the Center for English Corpus Linguistics (CECL) and the Center for Natural Language Processing (CENTAL).
  • Possibility of spending a semester abroad at one of the faculty’s many partner universities in order to expand your language and communication skills in a multicultural context.
  • Mandatory internship of at least three months in a company or research centre abroad or in Belgium in order to take your first steps in the world of business and create your professional network.
  • Dual degree with the University of Oslo: students interested in the specialisation in linguistics and its applications for a multilingual society can apply for admission to this prestigious programme (called LAMUSO).

Specialisation in natural language processing (NLP)

The objective of this specialisation is to provide students, as part of an interdisciplinary education, the necessary knowledge and skills in linguistics and computer science to work in language industries, that is, for companies and organisations that offer services or design products that use technologies to automate language-related tasks: search engines or information retrieval systems, machine translation, voice synthesis and recognition, computer-supported language learning, automatic text summary or simplification, etc. Beyond companies specialised in NLP, many recruiters in various sectors are interested in the diverse profile of our graduates, who have both linguistic and technical skills.

To find out more: https://uclouvain.be/en/instituts-recherche/ilc/cental/master-tal.html.

There are no prerequisite in Information Technology (IT) for this master’s degree, but students must be ready to invest in this field of study. Prior knowledge of multiple languages is not required but may be an asset.

  • Interdisciplinary training that links the study of languages and technologies;
  • Possibility of spending a semester abroad at partner universities recognised for their NLP programmes, such as the University of Tübingen, the University of Friborg, École Nationale Supérieure de Cognitique in Bordeaux, the Université Paris Diderot, etc.;
  • Mandatory internship of at least three (3) months in a company or research centre abroad or in Belgium;
  • A series of conferences/meetings with researchers from the industrial and academic worlds.
  • Professional training;
  • Student interaction with the Center for Natural Language Processing (CENTAL);
  • Only master’s degree of this type in the Wallonia Brussels Federation.

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