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Computational Linguistics

24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The Computational Linguistics programme from Heidelberg University explores how computers might be used to automatically process and interpret human language. Research in this area considers the mathematical and logical characteristics of natural language, and develops algorithms and statistical processes for automatic language processing.


Whilst computer science, mathematics and linguistics provide a theoretical basis for computational linguistics, the central concern of the subject is the creation of algorithms to process and analyse linguistic content. 

Theoretical and practical elements of computational linguistics are inextricably linked, as theoretical insights are integrated into usable programmes. The symbiosis of theory and practice lends computational linguistics the character of an engineering science. 

The unique objective of Computational Linguistics is the development of linguistic algorithms. Computational linguists create statistical models or apply methods from Artificial Intelligence (AI) to achieve a particular technological result. Learning, research and invention are key components of a computational linguist’s work.

Key Features

The Master’s degree programme in Computational Lingustics programme from Heidelberg University enables students to further the knowledge they have gained in the preceding Bachelor’s degree programme in Computational Linguistics. 

Students are able to develop a research-orientated or application-orientated specialism, or can combine computational linguistics with a minor subject.  

Throughout the degree programme, students also attend colloquia focussing on computational linguistics, in which guest speakers from Germany and abroad present on relevant topics. Advanced Master’s students may also present their Master’s theses in a colloquium. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theoretical Computational Linguistics
  • Applied Computational Linguistics
  • Formal Linguistics 
  • Applied Linguistics 
  • Computer Science and Programming 
  • Theoretical and Empirical Foundations for Formal Statistical Language Modelling 
  • Algorithms in Computational Linguistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Certificate of the undergraduate degree programme
  • Certificate of enrolment from the most-recently attended university
  • Students applying for a transfer or change of institution from a non-German university must also submit: a certificate of transferable grades from the relevant subject area
  • Proof of sufficient financing for completion of the course of study. This does not apply for applications from EU/EEA member states and applicants with a German university entrance qualification

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA- Fees and contributions: 171.80 € / Semester

Living costs for Heidelberg

922 - 1397 EUR /month
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