The strong theoretical basis of the Computer Science - Computational Linguistics Master’s program at Charles University gives our graduates a competitive advantage in a dynamically evolving world where today’s technologies are often obsolete tomorrow.
Studies usually take two years and finish with a state final exam and Master’s thesis defense. After successful completion the student is awarded the title of a Master of Science.
The aim of the study branch Computational Linguistics is to get the students ready for research in the area of natural language processing and development of applications dealing with both written and spoken language. Examples of such applications are systems of information retrieval, machine translation, grammar checking, text summarization and information extraction, automatic speech recognition, voice control, spoken dialogue systems, and speech synthesis. The emphasis is put on deep understanding of formal foundations and their practical applicability. The study branch Computational Linguistics can be studied in two specializations: (i) computational and formal linguistics, and (ii) statistical methods and machine learning in computational linguistics.
The graduate is familiar with the theoretical foundations of the formal description of natural languages, the mathematical and algorithmic foundations of automatic natural language processing, and state-of-the-art machine learning techniques. Graduates have the ability to apply the knowledge acquired during their studies in the design and development of systems automatically processing natural language and large quantities of both structured and unstructured data, such as information retrieval, question answering, summarization and information extraction, machine translation and speech processing. They are equipped with reasonable knowledge, skills, and experience in software development and teamwork applicable in all areas involving the development of applications aiding human-computer interaction and/or machine learning.
Charles University ranks among the top 2% of universities worldwide, a fact that has been repeatedly confirmed by international university rankings. In computer science and mathematics it does even better. We provide the facts below.
The education programs at Charles University are accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic and the degrees awarded to our graduates are internationally recognized.
The study program is very flexible and students can customize their set of attended courses based on their particular interests and needs. In the first year, there are mandatory foundational courses such as data structures and theory of complexity and computability. Students of Computational Linguistics also have courses on natural language processing and statistical methods and they begin work on a group software project, while students of Discrete Models and Algorithms have courses on combinatorics, graph theory, and optimization. Some courses on specific subjects, as described next, are also included in the first year.
The second year of studies is organized according to the student’s own selection of courses. This is based on the choice of study plan within the study branch. We offer courses on artificial intelligence and its sub-areas such as machine learning, planning, declarative programming, and neural networks, several linguistics courses, courses on speech recognition and machine translation, and courses on optimization techniques (non-linear, combinatorial, multi-criteria), integer programming, mathematical structures, algorithms and their complexity, and approximation and probabilistic algorithms. Students may attend some of these courses already in their first year, so that in their second year they can focus on finishing their master’s thesis.
You can apply until:
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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.Book IELTS
Minimum required score (Grade C):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
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).
To apply for a Master’s program delivered in English you must
You are also welcome to accompany your application by
In this paragraph we summarize the minimum knowledge required for applicants in the various study programmes and study branches offered at our faculty.
Master of Computer ScienceStudy branches Theoretical Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Discrete Models and Algorithms, Computer Graphics and Game Development, Software and Data Engineering, Software Systems, Artificial Intelligence: background in calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability, computer programming, algorithms and data structures, computer organization, and the theory of automata and formal grammers.
Entrance examinationApplicants who will not sufficiently demonstrate the necessary background listed above by May 9, 2016, or with their application, will be invited to take the entrance examination in Prague. The entrance examination for a Master’s programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University consists of four problems, each worth 25 points. In case of an incomplete solution a proportional number of points will be given. The maximum total score is 100. The minimum score for admission is 40 points out of 100. Depending on the study programme and study branch, the examination has the following structure:
Master of Computer Science
All study branches: Computer Science (4 problems, e.g., logic, automata theory, programming, theoretical computer science).
140 000 CZK (5100 EUR) per academic year; students from the EU are eligible for a 40 percent discount
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Computational Linguistics Scholarship 2016
The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, grants one scholarship to a highly qualified applicantin the Master’s Programme in Computer Science, study branch Computational Linguistics (language of instruction: English).
1. The Scholarship will be known as the Computational Linguistics Scholarship (CLS).
2. The Scholarship includes direct coverage of tuition fees (3000 EUR per academic year for students from the EU, and 5000 EUR per academic year for students outside the EU), and acontribution to living expenses of 4000 EUR per academic year, plus acontribution to travel expensesup to 400 EUR. Payment details are described in the Scholarship Award Agreement.
3. One Scholarship will be awarded.
4. The decision on awarding the Scholarship belongs to the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague.
5. The Scholarship is open to candidates applying for the Master’s Programme in Computer Science, study branch Computational Linguistics, at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague. Candidates must meet the Entry Requirements for the Master’s Programme in Computer Science.
6. To apply for the CLS, you have to apply for the Master’s Programme in Computer Science, study branch Computational Linguistics using the Student Information System of the Charles University in Prague, and accompany your application with the following documents:
(i) application for the CLS (no prescribed form);
(ii) curriculum vitae;
(iii) letter of interest;
(iv) list of publications (if applicable);
(v) transcript(s) of records;
(vi) photocopy of diploma (if applicable);
(vii) two letters of recommendation from academic supervisors or employer.
All these documents must be written in or translated into English. Documents under (i)-(vi) should be uploaded (preferred format of documents is pdf) to the Student Information System of the University.
7. Candidates must not be recipients of any other external scholarships or grants for a living allowance.
8. The deadline for submitting applications is 31 May
9. Successful candidates will be advised of the outcome by 30 June 2016 at the latest. The offer of the Scholarship must be accepted by the date indicated in the letter offering it. If a candidate declines the Scholarship or does not take it up, the Dean may offer the Scholarship to another candidate.
10. The successful candidate will be expected to complete the two-year programme and will study full-time. If the recipient does not complete the programme he will be liable to refund the scholarship amount in full.
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