MSc Speech & Language Processing

The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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About Programme

This intensive programme offers an exciting opportunity to learn from world leaders in both informatics and linguistics.

  • Type: On campus
  • Start: September
  • Language: English


  • Duration: 12 months
  • Fee national: $12,225
  • Fee international: $30,499


  • Duration: 24 months

Drawing from our cutting-edge research, the programme’s content covers all areas of speech and language processing, from phonetics, speech synthesis and speech recognition to natural language generation and machine translation.

This flexible programme provides research or vocational training and can be either freestanding or lead to PhD study. The modular nature of the programme allows you to tailor it to your own interests. Taught by leading researchers from Linguistics & English Language, the Centre for Speech Technology Research and the School of Informatics, this programme combines elements of linguistics, computer science, engineering and psychology.

You will develop up-to-date knowledge of a broad range of areas in speech and language processing and gain the technical expertise and hands-on skills required to carry out research and development in this challenging interdisciplinary area. You study two semesters of taught courses, followed by a dissertation.

Most core compulsory courses have both computational and mathematical content. A few optional courses need a stronger mathematical background. Courses in the second semester can be tailored to your own interests and abilities.

Compulsory courses:

  • Advanced Natural Language Processing
  • Computer Programming for Speech and Language Processing
  • Introduction to Phonology and Phonetics
  • Speech Processing

Option courses may include:

  • Advanced Topics in Phonetics: Speech Production and Perception
  • Automatic Speech Recognition
  • Introduction to Statistics and Experimental Design
  • Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Machine Translation
  • Natural Language Generation
  • Natural Language Understanding
  • Prosody
  • Simulating Language
  • Speech Synthesis
  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R


This programme will provide you with the specialised skills you need to perform research or develop technology in speech and language processing. It will also serve as a solid basis for doctoral study.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in linguistics, computer science, engineering, psychology, philosophy, mathematics or a related subject. All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • An undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

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