MScR Informatics: ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition

The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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About Programme

Strongly interdisciplinary in nature, the Institute for Language, Cognition and Communication (ILCC) is dedicated to both basic and applied research in the computational study of language, communication, and cognition, in both humans and machines.

  • Type: Research, on campus
  • Start: September, March
  • Language: English

Full-time

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Fee national: $9,296
  • Fee international: $29,772

Part-time

  • Duration: 24 months

As technology focuses increasingly on language-based communication tools, research into the automation of language processing has become vital. ILCC offers you the broadest research scope in the UK, and a strong computational focus.

Our primary areas of research are:

  • Natural language processing and computational linguistics
  • Spoken language processing
  • Dialogue and multimodal interaction
  • Information extraction, retrieval, and presentation
  • Computational theories of human cognition
  • Educational and assistive technology
  • Visualisation

Much of our research is applied to software development, in areas as diverse as social media, assisted living, gaming and education. You may find yourself working closely with other departments of the University, particularly the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences.

Careers

While many of our graduates pursue an academic career, others find their skills are highly sought after in the technology industry. A number of our students serve internships with large UK and international software developers, while others take up positions with major social media companies.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, typically in an area of informatics, such as artificial intelligence, cognitive science or computer science. You should have experience in computer programming. We may also consider a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in engineering, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics or psychology.

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 Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section
  • PTE(A): total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

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