The Master’s Programme in Language Technology will teach you how to make computers perform useful and interesting tasks involving human language. You are eligible for the programme if you have a background in linguistics, language studies, and/or computer science. 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 as a PhD student.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
Applications involving language technology are more or less defining of our contemporary way of life. They include document search and filtering, automatic translation, writers’ aids, business intelligence, and user profiling. The core of language technology involves methods for automatically analysing texts with a sensitivity for their linguistic structure and content.
The challenges you will find in this field lie in the richness, unpredictability, and creativity of human communication, not least in the new modes of personal expression encouraged by social media. In working with the practical side of language technology, you will also gain insights in more theoretical computational linguistics. Important themes are empirical methods and data collection, statistics in modelling of linguistic phenomena, and machine learning.
– gain the skills necessary for performing quantitative analysis of linguistic data;
– learn to work with large-scale machine-learning approaches to language technology;
– teachers from the internationally prominent computational linguistics group at Uppsala University;
– as one of our students, you are encouraged to take an active role in the development of the programme.
You might have studied Linguistics for at least a year, and even if your experience with Computer Science is limited, you feel that you have the talent and motivation to quickly learn more about programming and quantitative methods. If you enroll in the programme with previous credits in Computer Science or Language Technology you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in the more advanced courses. You can also replace some of the default courses of the programme with other courses if you feel that they will better serve your background and career aims.
You are highly motivated and willing to take responsibility for your own education and career plans. You are a creative person who enjoys solving challenging problems. You are used to planning your own work and keeping deadlines. Your social skills are good and you enjoy working both on your own and with others in project settings.
A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about. But, starting to work right after graduation is also something you are considering and you like to keep your options open for now.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Language Technology as the main field of study.
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.
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
- TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
- a statement of purpose (1 page).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 60000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 240000
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