Cursus: Master of Arts in Language and Information Processing, University of Wolverhampton - UK (closing date July, 30 2010)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Jun 22 20:03:31 UTC 2010

Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 14:12:10 +0100
From: Lucia Specia <lspecia at>
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Dear all,

The Research Institute in Information and Language Processing (RIILP),
University of Wolverhampton invites applications for a Master of Arts
course in Language and Information Processing with a start date of
September 2010.  The duration of the course is 12 months and gives
students valuable hands-on experience through lab-based practical
sessions as well as a solid theoretical grounding via lectures. The
modules offered in this programme focus on different areas within
Language and Information Processing, ranging from Computational
Linguistics and Programming to Translation Tools and Cybermetrics.

The course will cover module topics such as: Computational
Linguistics, Programming for Corpus Linguistics, Machine Translation
and other NLP Applications, Translation Tools for Professional
Translators and Introduction to Cybermetrics. Students will also
undertake an independent dissertation project and other
research-related modules. As well as participating in the obligatory
lectures students will have the opportunity to take part in a vibrant
research environment and will be given the chance to become involved
in various research projects. Attendance at seminars given by leading
lights in the field, internal group reading sessions and various other
research activities will support and enhance their studies.

The Research Institute in Information and Language Processing brings
together two complementary and interdisciplinary research teams that
explore the potential of advanced computing technologies for
‘understanding’ human language (Research Group in Computational
Linguistics - and social sciences (Statistical
Cybermetrics Research Group -,
respectively. The Research Group in Computational Linguistics is
highly successful and delivers cutting-edge research in a number of
NLP areas such as anaphora resolution, automatic summarisation,
question answering, information extraction, corpus linguistics and
multilingual processing. The Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group
carries out innovative research in blog analysis, hyperlink analysis,
and web text analysis, particularly for academic, media and
research-related issues. The results from the 2008 Research Assessment
Exercise confirmed the Research Group in Computational Linguistics and
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group as top performers in UK
research.  The research groups were ranked 2nd and 3rd in the UK.

Graduates will be specialists in Language and Information Processing
and will be well placed to continue their academic/research careers by
applying for PhD positions. They will also be able to access positions
in industry within this field, as well as in related areas such as
translation, software development and information and communication

Required skills:

- Undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in a related subject such as
  Computational Linguistics, Linguistics, Translation, Languages,
  Computer Science, Mathematics.

- For non native English speakers a language certificate showing a
  level of IELTS 6.0 or above is required unless you have a degree
  from a recognised UK university.

Desirable Skills:

- Some experience with linguistics or computational linguistics.

- Knowledge of foreign languages (besides English) is a plus.

Applications must include:

- A CV indicating degrees obtained, courses covered, publications,
  relevant work experience and the names of two referees that could be
  contacted if necessary.

- copy of university degree (in English).

- copy of transcript listing all university marks (in English).

- a covering letter in which candidates explain why they have applied
  for the Masters course, giving details of their research
  interests/experience, background, programming skills and an outline
  of any experience in Natural Language Processing or
  Linguistics. Please also state why you are interested in this course
  and why you consider your experience is relevant.

Applications should be made by email to Erin Phillips, course
administrator.  Please specify MA LIP 2010 application in the subject
of your email.

Deadline for applications is 30th July 2010.

The short-listed applicants will be interviewed by email and telephone
during the first week of August 2010.

Informal inquiries and electronic applications can be sent by email
to:Erin Phillips, Course administrator: erin.phillips at

More information about the programme can be found at


Dr. Lucia Specia
Senior Lecturer
Research Institute in Information and Language Processing Block MB
Stafford St.
University of Wolverhampton

Tel: +44 (0) 1902 322 217
Fax: +44 (0) 1902 322 543

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