Master of Science in Human Language Science and Technology

Master of Science in Human Language Science and Technology

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Human Language Science and Technology
Course code PMSCHLTFT
Postnominal M.Sc. (HLST)(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 120
Coordinator Lonneke van der Plas
Delivered by Faculty of Information and Communication Technology
The Master of Science in Human Language Science and Technology falls under the auspices of the Erasmus Mundus LCT (Language and Communication Technologies) consortium. The programme aims to create education and training opportunities for future generations of leaders in research and innovation in the area of Human Language Technology. It provides students with deep knowledge and insight into the various disciplines that contribute to the methods of LCT and strengthens their ability to work according to scientific methods.

Non-Maltese students spend one year at the University of Malta and another year at a partner University of the LCT consortium. Maltese students spend both years at partner universities of the LCT consortium, other than the University of Malta. In this way all students are offered a substantial taste of international collaboration.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree classified with a Second Class Honours or Category II or better in one of the following areas of study: (Computational) Linguistics, Language Technology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, or other relevant disciplines.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that their standard of English is satisfactory. The offer of a place on the Course may be made subject to the applicants obtaining such proficiency qualifications prior to the commencement of their studies.

Proficiency in English may be certified by one of the following:

TOEFL: score of at least 250 (computer-based test) or 95 with a writing score of at least 24 (internet-based test)

Cambridge Proficiency Examination Advanced Certificate: pass at grade C or better

IELTS: at least 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in each element.

English native speakers and students who have attended a Bachelor’s course taught in English may not be required to submit the above certificates but may be required to demonstrate proficiency in some other way.

Details on how to apply are available here.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: This is an Erasmus funded programme and students apply with the University of Saarlandes

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: This is an Erasmus funded programme and students apply with the University of Saarlandes
Students acquire in-depth knowledge of topics in Language Science and Technology, Computational Linguistics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. The focus of instruction is on building solid foundations from the perspective of language (computational syntax and morphology, computational semantics, pragmatics and discourse) and of Computer Science (Logic, Computability and Complexity, Formal Languages and Algorithms, Data Structures, Data Organisation and Processing).

In addition, advanced applications areas are offered, including Machine Translation, Natural Language Generation, Knowledge Representation, Information Retrieval, Question Answering, Speech Technology, Bioinformatics Automated Reasoning, Web Science, Intelligent and Multi-modal Interfaces, Search Engine Technology, Neural Networks, and Machine Learning.

By choosing appropriate combinations of modules in Language Technology, Computational and Theoretical Linguistics, and Computer Science, students acquire a rounded set of skills that combine theoretical insights with practice-oriented knowledge.
For prospective students for this course should have a first degree in Computer Science or an equivalent with the potential to develop a strong aptitude in the study of Linguistics and in formal models of communication, or a first degree in Linguistics or related area with an aptitude for formal methods, some experience in Computer Programming, and strong potential to develop skills in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.
This degree serves as a qualification for follow-up PhD studies with the participating partners and other institutions or as an additional qualification for a career in the IT industry. In both cases, the degree is a guarantee of high quality education for students who will in the future work on multilingual information management, the development of new technologies for adaptive multimodal and multilingual human-computer dialogue systems, efficient processes for content-management on the Internet, and development of language strategy and quality assurance, especially in the rapidly expanding multilingual European area.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 23 September 2019

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