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Contents of the Programme

Students are taught by researchers who are engaged in developing the latest technologies within the university's priority research area in language technology, Centre for Language Technology, CLT.
CLT is a collaboration between several departments at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers.

Language technology research and teaching in Gothenburg is characterized by a focus on the contribution of theoretical and rule-based approaches appropriately combined with statistical techniques. Students therefore receive instruction in linguistic theory as applied to language technology as well as modern approaches to language technology.

The programme draws students from a wide variety of backgrounds including linguistics, computer science, cognitive science and philosophy. The programme is heavily oriented towards practical programming techniques but we do not require that students entering the programme necessarily have a background in programming. They should, however, be prepared to learn programming techniques in an intensive introduction provided at the beginning of the programme.

Programme Structure

Two year degree

First study period Second study period

Introduction to programming for NLP

Introduction to formal linguistics

Natural language processing


Dialogue Systems

Statistical methods for NLP

Computational syntax

Computational semantics


Elective courses

Elective courses


Master's project

One year degree

SemesterFirst study periodSecond study period

Introduction to programming for NLP

Introduction to formal linguistics

Natural language processing


Elective courses

Master's project

First Semester

Two introductory courses introducing both programming for language technological applications, and relevant concepts and theories from formal linguistics. There will also be overviews of the main areas of modern language technology.

This is followed by a general introduction to natural language processing, NLP, the nuts and bolts of getting computers to understand and process human language. This semester also includes a course in programming for NLP.

Second Semester

The second semester is devoted to speech and dialogue technology, and to the statistical methods that are used in language technology.

If a student is taking the one year degree one will also carry out a shorter masters project in the second semester.

Most students will aim for the two year degree, and will take courses on processing the structure of language, syntax, and its meaning, semantics.

Third Semester

The first semester of the second year offers a choice from a variety of courses in language technology and related areas.

Final Semester

The final semester of the two year degree is entirely devoted to project work.

Students normally conduct their final projects with and industrial partner or at one of the three research laboratories associated with the interdisciplinary Centre for Language Technology at the University of Gothenburg

Full Programme Syllabus

The programme syllabus in full as adopted by the board of the Faculty of Arts can be downloaded as pdf (in English and Swedish)

Programme Syllabus Reg.Nr. G 2017/293

Utbildningsplan Dnr G 2017/293

Contact Information

MLT study adviser, programme coordinator and education coordinator


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