Computer Laboratory

Natural Language and Information Processing Research Group

Graduate courses in computational linguistics and language technologies

The NLIP group offer a range of modules in the Masters in Advanced Computer Science (ACS), allowing students to specialise in language processing, or a mixture of language and speech. We also welcome PhD applications from students with some previous experience of NLIP topics. These options are discussed in more detail on this page.

A range of Language and Speech modules are available on the ACS. These are taught by members of the NLIP group and by staff from the Speech group in the Engineering department. Detailed advice on module selection can be obtained from the course advisor for students accepted on the ACS.

The ACS MPhil can be taken either as a predominantly taught course (Essay Option / Option A) or with a research project which is of equal weight to the taught modules (Project Option / Option B). See the ACS admissions page for further details. We ask students to take the project option if they wish to concentrate on language or speech processing, since it is essentially an experimental subject. The ACS is mainly designed for students who wish to go on to take a PhD, and gaining experience of research via the project is an important aspect of this. A list of some of the projects which Masters students have taken in previous years (some from the previous CSTIT Masters course) can be found here.

From 2014, accepted ACS students specializing in language or speech processing will be eligible to be members of the Language Sciences Interdisciplinary Programme: some further details relating to the ACS are here.

PhD applications to the NLIP group

In general we would expect student who wish to start a PhD without doing the ACS to have taken some courses in language processing at undergraduate or masters level and to have done a short research project in the area. The application requirements for the PhD include a research proposal: applicants are welcome to contact the member of the NLIP staff with interests closest to their own to discuss this. See individual staff pages (Briscoe, Clark, Copestake and Teufel), the pages for group research projects and current PhD students' pages. We are also happy to advise on whether applicants should apply directly for the PhD or should take the ACS first.

These slides give a very brief overview of some recent research topics by PhD students in the NLIP group.