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The HLST Course
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At the University of Malta, the local study programme leads to the award of the European M.Sc. in Human Language Science and Technology (HLST) and is coordinated by Institute of Linguistic and Language Technology and the Department of Artificial Intelligence, in collaboration with other ICT Departments (Computer Science and Computer Information Systems) .

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.


The Theme

The central subject matter of Language and Communication Technology (LCT) revolves around language technology and computer science - the relationship between language and computers being about as old as computers themselves. Indeed, one of the first application areas envisaged for computers - machine translation - was first proposed as early as the 1950s. Since then, many other problems lying on the frontier between language and computer science have become active areas of research and development. Examples include the design of interactive chatbots that can carry out natural conversations and answer questions, automatic text classification algorithms that can distinguish real mail from spam, web data mining that extracts knowledge from the web, and spoken language technology, which includes speech recognition and synthesis.

Language and communication technologies currently occupy a central position in research and education in Europe. They are key enabling technologies for numerous applications related to the information society, including multilingual document production and management, intelligent web search and semantic web, voice control of electronic equipment, automated dialogue, and language learning. The market is growing rapidly, although it is recognised that there is a shortage of qualified researchers and developers that is slowing down the speed of innovation in Europe.

The Programme

The programme has been designed to meet the demands of industry and research in a rapidly growing area and offers education and training opportunities for the next generations of leaders in research and innovation. It provides students with profound knowledge and insight into the wide range of disciplines that contribute to the methods of language and communication technologies and it strengthens their ability to work scientifically. Moreover, students acquire a mix of theoretical and practical knowledge by choosing appropriate combinations of modules in the areas of Language Technology, Linguistics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.

The programme involves studying one year at one of the Universities of the consortium, and completing the second year with a stay in one of the partner Universities. After this, the student will obtain two Masters level degrees with legal value in the countries of issue. 

Last Updated: 4 October 2018

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