Masters in Speech and Language Processing (M.Phil.)
Applications for 2017/18 are now closed.
Applications for 2018/19 will open on 1st November 2017
Course Co-ordinator: Dr. Gessica De Angelis
Full-time: one year, 6 to 8 hours per week of classes.
Part-time: two years, 2 to 6 hours per week of classes.
To apply please see: Postgraduate Taught Courses
Course Handbook 2017-18
Queries: please contact Prof. Ailbhe Ní Chasaide
Speech and language processing examines language from two distinct perspectives. Speech processing deals with the science of spoken communication, how speech is encoded by the speaker and decoded by the listener. It is also concerned with the processing techniques used to model speech in ways that can potentially be implemented in technology, e.g., speech synthesis. Speech science is at the intersection of many disciplines: acoustics, linguistics, engineering, psychology, anatomy and physiology, and is key to the understanding of disordered speech. Language processing, in parallel, involves computational aspects of linguistics. It addresses theories of grammar and meaning, and provides access to the fundamentals of linguistics, both as a science and as an engineering discipline. As an engineering discipline, it is concerned with technology applications and tools that exploit linguistic knowledge, such as predictive text, automated personal assistants, web search, etc.
As would be expected from the inherent multidisciplinarity of the area, students come from many backgrounds. Proficiency in mathematics and computing is an advantage, though not a requirement. Many graduates have been employed in the area of Speech and Language Technology, a rapidly growing sector, e.g. Google, LinkedIn, as well as in smaller technology companies. Many have progressed to Ph.D. studies in C.L.C.S. and elsewhere.
- A flexible programme, shaped by your interests
- Small class size, taught by world-class experts
- Wide choice of elective modules offered every year
- Competitively-priced tuition
- The chance to study at a premier university in the heart of vibrant Dublin
- Two-year visa extension for non-EU M.Phil. graduates to seek employment in Ireland
What does the programme look like?
You take four obligatory ‘core’ modules:
- Speech Processing 1: spectral analysis
- Formal foundations of linguistic theories
- Laboratory Phonetics and Phonology
- Computational theories of grammar and meaning
...and choose two from among the following menu of elective modules:
- Advanced Syntactic Theory
- An Ghaeilge mar Mheán Teagaisc [Irish as a medium of instruction]
- Bilingualism and the Maintenance of Irish
- Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Design, Implementation and Evaluation
- Corpus Linguistics (not available in 2017-18)
- Linguistic Landscapes
- Linguistic Typology
- Speech and Language Technology in Education
- Speech Processing 2: acoustic modelling
- Speech Production, Hearing and Perception*
- Technology, Language, and Communication
* Strongly advised for those wishing to pursue a research dissertation in Phonetics or Speech Analysis
The modules are taught in Michaelmas and Hilary terms, and students prepare and write a 15,000-word dissertation in Trinity term and the long vacation (April-August).
Read our Frequently Asked Questions on the M.Phil. in Speech and Language Processing and related M.Phil. programmes.
For a more in-depth insight into the shape and content of the programme, please consult our current course handbook. Note that the information provided in the handbook is subject to change from year to year.