M.A. Language Technology

University of Gothenburg | Gothenburg, Sweden
The Master's Programme in Language Technology is for students who want to make computers use and understand human language.

Description of Language Technology

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The programme will give students a hands-on practical training based on well-grounded theory, enabling them to pursue a specialist career in the area of language technology.A language technology specialist can work as a developer, researcher or project manager in diverse areas such as text analysis, information retrieval, automatic translation, speech technology, user interface design, and game development.MLT is an international programme with courses taught in English by researchers engaged in developing the language technology applications of the future.The programme is run jointly by Humanities and Information Technology Faculties at University of Gothenburg, and Computer Science at Chalmers University of Technology. Students will also get access to the Centre for Language Technology, an interdisciplinary centre where ideas and projects become reality.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 15 jan
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

First SemesterTwo introductory courses introducing both programming for language technological applications, and relevant concepts and theories from formal linguistics. There will also be overviews of the main areas of modern language technology.This is followed by a general introduction to natural language processing, NLP, the nuts and bolts of getting computers to understand and process human language. This semester also includes a course in programming for NLP.Second SemesterThe second semester is devoted to speech and dialogue technology, and to the statistical methods that are used in language technology.If a student is taking the one year degree one will also carry out a shorter masters project in the second semester.Most students will aim for the two year degree, and will take courses on processing the structure of language, syntax, and its meaning, semantics.Third SemesterThe first semester of the second year offers a choice from a variety of courses in language technology and related areas.Final SemesterThe final semester of the two year degree is entirely devoted to project work.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Language Technology

Students with an undergraduate degree, at least three years full-time study, in

  • language technology,
  • computational linguistics,
  • computer science, or
  • linguistics (with at least 30 hec, corresponding to half a year full-time study, in formal linguistics)

are eligible to apply for this programme. Students with an undergraduate degree in cognitive science, languages, philosophy, software engineering, information technology or mathematics can also be considered provided they can show a background in either programming or formal linguistics corresponding to 30 hec, half a year full-time study.

The programme language is English. To provide the requirement in English by an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS, the English proficiency should be equivalent to the level of English 5/English Course A from Swedish Upper Secondary School.

Work Experience for Language Technology

No work experience is required.

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