MSc Speech & Langage Processing


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Program Description

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, cognitive science and psychology.

The programme is co-taught by faculty from Linguistics and Informatics, both of which are the best in the UK and world leading in their fields. This programme draws on the combined expertise of these subject areas to deliver a broad range of courses, all informed by current research being conducted at Edinburgh.

On the programme, you will feel connected to these active research programmes and will be taught by leading researchers in their respective fields. The dissertation project provides an opportunity for you to directly connect with active research projects.

  • We're ranked in the world’s top 5 universities for linguistics (QS World University Rankings by subject 2019).
  • You will be part of a learning community which includes one of the largest concentration of language scientists in the UK
  • You will be taught by world-class experts in Linguistics, Informatics, Psychology and other related subject areas at the University

This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation

After the two semesters of taught courses, you will conduct an individual piece of research and write a dissertation. The research project is performed under the supervision of an expert member of the teaching or research staff, often assisted by postdoctoral research fellows.

Examples of recent dissertation topics include:

  • Large Scale Speech Synthesis Evaluation
  • Digital Microphone Array - Design, Implementation and Speech Recognition Experiments
  • Further Investigation of MDS as a Tool for Evaluation of Speech Quality of Synthesized Speech
  • Dae ye ken me? Speech synthesis in the Gorbals region of Glasgow
  • Exploiting linguistically-enriched models of phrase-based statistical machine translation
  • Knowledge-lean approaches to metonymy
  • Automatic speech recognition for disordered speech

Many of our students have gone on to work in academia and industry

Within academia

Around half of the students who graduate from this programme go on to study for a PhD, which will typically lead to either an academic position or to a research position in the industry.

The MSc/Dip in Speech and Language Processing is excellent preparation for a PhD. Many students are unsure about whether they wish to do a PhD, and this programme is an excellent way to help you make that decision.

Recent graduates from the programme have gone on to study for their PhD at:

  • Fudan University
  • KU Leuven
  • MIT
  • NTNU
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
  • Technische Universität München
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leipzig
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Padua
  • University of Sheffield
  • Université Toulouse II-Le Mirail
  • Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu

Former students have research or faculty positions at universities including:

  • Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
  • KU Leuven
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Macquarie University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • RIKEN Brain Science Institute
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Stanford University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Within industry

Graduates from this programme have found excellent positions in the industry directly after graduation, or after completing a PhD.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in the industry for:

  • Amazon
  • Appen
  • Apple
  • British Telecom
  • ClearForest (Thomson Reuters)
  • Cmed Technology
  • Comtext Systems Inc.
  • ConsultancyHuis
  • DaimlerChrysler
  • EF Education First
  • Eckoh Technologies
  • Ericsson
  • Euroling
  • Ginger Software
  • Google
  • Gracenote
  • Health Service Executive, Ireland
  • IBM
  • Jibo
  • LIU
  • Linguaemundi
  • Loquendo
  • Microsoft
  • Microsoft Research Asia
  • Nuance
  • Phonetic Arts
  • Rhetorical Systems
  • Sensory Inc.
  • SIG
  • Skyscanner
  • Symantec
  • Trafsys
  • VICO Research & Consulting

Several have started up companies, some directly after the MSc, including:

  • Nested
  • Openhearted
  • Alivox
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The School comprises Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (Linguistics and English Language). The school aims to maintain its internationally-renowned reputation for research and to use this a ... Read More

The School comprises Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (Linguistics and English Language). The school aims to maintain its internationally-renowned reputation for research and to use this as a solid foundation for teaching. Read less