Uppsala University

Language Technology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    12509.5 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    Tuition fee
  • English
The Master Programme in Language Technology at Uppsala University is intended for you who are interested in working with computer systems possessing an ability to process human language in intelligent ways. You are welcome to the programme also with a purely humanistic background in linguistics or a language studies. 


Applications involving language technology are more or less defining of our contemporary way of life. They include user profiling, document search and filtering, business intelligence, automatic translation, and writers' aids. This requires methods for automatically analysing texts with a sensitivity for their linguistic structure and content. The challenges you will find here lie in the richness, unpredictability, and creativity of human communication, not least in the new modes of personal expression encouraged by social media. The programme will also give you advanced insights in more theoretical computational linguistics. The aim of the programme is to prepare you for a career in the commercial language technology field, as well as for a future in the academic world, for instance, as a PhD student.

The Master Programme in Language Technology is given by the Department of Linguistics and Philology in the Faculty of Languages. Apart from being the home of language technology (computational linguistics), the department also hosts research and education in general linguistics, classical, and Asian languages. Other departments also participate in the programme, in particular in connection with elective courses. Courses from other universities can be included in the degree, and the University will encourage you as far as practically manageable, if you wish to spend a semester in another university.

The Master Programme in Language Technology is offered at Uppsala University.


With a Master's degree in Language Technology you will, depending on your interests and profile, be attractive for different positions in the language technology business. You might work as a system developer, with language or customer adaptation, in support, and in marketing. Important sectors are machine translation and tools for translators, as well as other kinds of authoring support systems. Other examples are systems for document retrieval and classification.

Information extraction from natural language text is a core component of business intelligence services. Another important branch is speech technology, where systems producing and recognising speech are developed. Language technologists also work with research and education in the academic world.

The language technology field is characterised by close interaction between university groups and commercial companies. This kind of competence also opens doors to related fields, e.g. where other human behavioural data are analysed by computational methods.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Programming for Language Technologists I
  • Mathematics for Language Technologists
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Machine Translation (advanced level)
  • Information Retrieval (advanced level)
  • Language Technology: Research and Development
  • Elective courses
  • Master's thesis in Language Technology

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Also required is 60 credits in language technology, computational linguistics, computer science, linguistics or a language subject.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12509.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25019 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 60000
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 240000

Living costs for Uppsala

6,573 - 6,670 SEK/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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