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The University of Edinburgh: Speech and Language Processing

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
Study type Taught


This intensive programme covers all areas of speech and language processing, from phonetics, speech synthesis and speech recognition to natural language generation and machine translation. You will have an exciting opportunity to learn from world leaders in both informatics and linguistics.

The programme provides research and vocational training and can be either freestanding or used as preparation for a PhD. The modular nature allows you to tailor it to your own interests.

Key research areas

This programme combines elements of linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science, and engineering and is taught by leading researchers from Linguistics & English Language, the Centre for Speech Technology Research, and the School of Informatics.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), Linguistics research at Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK (Times Higher Education, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Rank order by GPA).

What will I learn

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.

This programme covers all areas of speech and language processing, from phonetics, speech synthesis and speech recognition, to natural language understanding and machine translation.

The flexible nature of the programme allows students to take courses ranging across other areas of linguistics, informatics, and cognitive science.

Is this MSc for me

This programme is best suited to applicants whose academic background is in:

  • linguistics

  • computer science

  • engineering

  • cognitive science

It provides an excellent preparation for further research and knowledge as a specialist, whether you choose to pursue this in further in academic research or in a professional career.

Reputation, relevance and employability

Edinburgh has a proud and distinguished place in the teaching in Linguistics and you will be taught by world-leading experts across a range of research areas.

You will benefit from the breadth and strength of the interdisciplinary academic community at Edinburgh, having the opportunity to select option courses and attend research seminars across different disciplines.

Our students’ research projects are often published in academic or professional journals.

Our programme has an excellent reputation amongst employers. Many of our graduates have gone onto PhD training and we have a high academic job placement record.

Find out more about our community

The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences is home to a large, supportive and active student community, hosting events and activities throughout the year which you can join. As a postgraduate student, you will have access to a range of research resources, state-of-the-art facilities research seminars and reading groups.


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