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Master in Language Technology (One year or Two years)

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-6A24C
Tuition
Full education cost: 272 000 SEK
First payment: 68 000 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees


Summary

The Master in Language Technology programme explores the various ways computers use human language. We offer a one- or two-year option, and as a student of the programme, you will engage in hands-on learning supported by a combination of approaches from linguistic theory, statistics, and machine learning, enabling you to pursue a specialist career in the area of language technology.

About

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 it would work better? Have you ever used translation on the web and wondered how it could be improved?

These are just some of the questions you will explore as a student of the master’s programme in Language Technology. Language technology is about getting computers to process, use, and understand human language, and involves collaboration between a number of different fields. However, it is not only about research.

Lately, conversational assistants such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri have received a lot of attention. These are just some of many examples of high-profile commercial applications of language technology.

Three departments—two universities—one programme

The master’s programme in Language Technology has one- and two-year options and is a co-ordinated effort by the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Our programme involves close collaboration between researchers who specialize in a number of different fields including linguistics, languages, computer science, and artificial intelligence. The programme is run jointly by the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, the Department of Swedish, and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Students will also get access to several research groups, including:

Combining theory with a hands-on approach

Teaching is closely connected to research and is characterized by a focus on hybrid approaches combining theoretical and rule-based approaches with statistical and machine learning techniques. You will learn about linguistic theory as applied to language technology, and about modern approaches to language technology, from researchers who are actively engaged in developing current and future technologies. Our teachers are engaged in areas such as text technology and linguistic data resources, grammar technology and linguistic theory, and dialogue technology and spoken interaction. You will participate in hands-on practical training grounded in theory and research, which will enable you to pursue a specialist career in industry or academic research.

Programme structure and content

The first semester introduces programming for language technological applications and concepts and theories from formal linguistics in three mandatory courses: 

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Formal Linguistics
  • Natural Language Processing

The second semester has two mandatory courses: Statistical Methods and Dialogue Systems. At this point, if you take the one-year degree, you complete a short master’s degree project. If you pursue a two-year degree, you continue with two mandatory courses: Computational Semantics and Computational Syntax.

In the third semester you choose electives from a variety of courses in language technology and related areas. Many students choose the following:

  • Machine Learning
  • Dialogue Systems 2
  • Linguistic Resources
  • Artificial Intelligence: Cognitive Systems

The final semester is devoted to your degree project, which can be conducted in collaboration with industry or one of the three research groups affiliated with the programme.

More information about programme structure and content

Who should apply?

Do you have a background in linguistics, with some knowledge of formal linguistics or programming, and wish to understand how computers can be made to use and understand human language, while also expanding your competence and becoming more attractive on the job market?
Or do you have a background in computer science, and wish to apply your knowledge to natural language?

If you want to engage in a cross-disciplinary field with great job opportunities, then apply for the master’s programme in Language Technology!

Prerequisites 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.

Special instructions for application

If you are applying to Individual Courses you find more information on the page More-about-the-masters-programme-in-language-technology, see link.

There you will also find the programme structure for one year degree and for two years degree.

More information about Special instructions for application

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.

After graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Arts with a major in Language Technology, enabling you 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, conversational AI, user interface design, and game development.