Master in Language Technology (One year or Two years)
About the Programme
Have you ever wondered how Google manages to find relevant documents, even documents that do not contain any of the words you used in your search?
Have you ever wished to get an answer to a question rather than a list of documents?
Have you ever talked to a conversational assistant on your smartphone, or to a computer on the phone about travel plans and wished you could make it work better?
Have you ever used translation on the web and wondered how it could be improved?
These are just some of the questions the students enrolled in our Master in Language Technology programme will be working on together with researchers from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers.
Language technology is about getting computers to use human language and involves collaboration between a number of different fields such as linguistics, languages, computer science and artificial intelligence. It is not only about research. Lately we have seen an increasing demand of applications like Apple´s Siri and IBM´s Watson in the market. These are just two examples of brilliant commercial tools in language technology .
The first semester of the first year the students take two introductory courses in both programming for language technological applications and relevant concepts and theories from formal linguistics. They will also get overviews of the main areas of modern language technology. This will be followed by a general introduction to natural language processing, NLP (the nuts and bolts of getting computers to understand and process human language) and programming for NLP.
The second semester starts with both dialogue systems and statistical methods used in language technology. At this point, if you are taking the one year degree, you will also carry out a short master's project.
Since most of the students aim for the two year degree, they will instead continue with courses on processing the structure of language, syntax and its meaning (semantics). The first semester of the second year offers a choice from a variety of courses in language technology and related areas.
The final semester of the two year degree is entirely devoted to project work. Students normally conduct their final projects with an industry placement or with placement at one of the three research laboratories associated with the interdisciplinary Centre for Language Technology, http://clt.gu.se, at the University of Gothenburg.
The students enrolled in our Master in Language Technology programme will get hands-on practical training well-grounded in theoretical background, which will enable them to pursue a specialist career in industry or academic research involving the development of language technology computer systems. Some of them may also get the opportunity to assist in research through the many projects at CLT in parallel with their studies.
Requirements and Selection
REQUIREMENTS: 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 credits, corresponding to half a year full-time study, in formal linguistics or programming) 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 credits, half a year full-time study. Formal linguistics is linguistics that uses formal methods (e.g. rule based systems, trees, feature structures, graphs, finite state machines, logic, models and statistics) to study or represent language. To show a background in formal linguistics or programming, please supply for each course in formal linguistics or programming the following:
- course title
- Credits for the course
- a short paragraph describing the course contents and explaining how this is formal linguistics or programming
- a link to the course webpage (if available)
The programme language is English. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 5/English A from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.
SELECTION: The selection is based on (1) a personal letter, and (2) grades from previous relevant higher education. The personal letter should explain clearly the motivation for choosing this programme. The letter should introduce the applicant both personally and academically/professionally.
Göteborg , Sweden