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Informatics: ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition PhD, MPhil, MScR

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PhD Informatics: ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition - 3 Years (Full-time)
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PhD Informatics: ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition - 6 Years (Part-time)
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MPhil Informatics: ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition - 2 Years (Full-time)
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MPhil Informatics: ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition - 4 Years (Part-time)
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MSc by Research Informatics: ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition - 1 Year (Full-time)
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MSc by Research Informatics: ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition - 2 Years (Part-time)
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School of Informatics Graduate School
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3091
Email: phd-admissions@inf.ed.ac.uk
Address: School of Informatics Graduate School
Appleton Tower
11 Crichton Street
Central Campus
Edinburgh
EH8 9LE

Strongly interdisciplinary in nature, the Institute for Language, Cognition and Communication (ILCC) is dedicated to both basic and applied research in the computational study of language, communication, and cognition, in both humans and machines.

As technology focuses increasingly on language-based communication tools, research into the automation of language processing has become vital. ILCC offers you the broadest research scope in the UK, and a strong computational focus.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, typically in an area of Informatics, such as artificial intelligence, cognitive science or computer science.

You may also be considered if your degree is in one of the following areas: engineering, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics or psychology.

You will need to have experience in computer programming.

International qualifications

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL iBT: total 92 (with no score lower than 20 in each section)
  • PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each section)
  • Cambridge CPE: Grade C
  • Cambridge CAE: Grade B

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Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

How to apply

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Research profile

Our primary areas of research are:

  • natural language processing and computational linguistics
  • spoken language processing
  • dialogue and multimodal interaction
  • information extraction, retrieval, and presentation
  • computational theories of human cognition
  • educational and assistive technology

Much of our research is applied to software development, in areas as diverse as social media, assisted living, gaming and education.

As your work will be concerned with elements of language and cognition, you may find yourself working closely with other departments of the University, particularly the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences.

Many of our researchers are involved in two cross-disciplinary research centres:

Training and support

You carry out your research within a research group under the guidance of a supervisor. You will be expected to attend seminars and meetings of relevant research groups and may also attend lectures that are relevant to your research topic. Periodic reviews of your progress will be conducted to assist with research planning.

A programme of transferable skills courses facilitates broader professional development in a wide range of topics, from writing and presentation skills to entrepreneurship and career strategies.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The School is deploying a range of strategies to help female staff and students of all stages in their careers and we seek regular feedback from our research community on our performance.

Facilities

The award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It hosts two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eyetracking and motion capture systems, and a recording studio. Its spectacular atrium plays host to industry showcases, student hackathons and major research conferences.

The School of Informatics is also home to Inspace, a laboratory that also serves as a gallery, studio, cinema, workshop and lecture space.

Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.

Career opportunities

While many of our graduates pursue an academic career, others find their skills are highly sought after in the technology industry. A number of our students serve internships with large UK and international software developers, while others take up positions with major social media companies.

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