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LINGUIST List 21.2717

Fri Jun 25 2010

FYI: New 1-Year Master in Language and Information Processing, UK

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        1.    Erin Phillips, New 1-Year Master in Language and Information Processing, UK

Message 1: New 1-Year Master in Language and Information Processing, UK
Date: 24-Jun-2010
From: Erin Phillips <erin.phillipswlv.ac.uk>
Subject: New 1-Year Master in Language and Information Processing, UK
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Announcement of new one-year Master of Arts in Language and Information

Application deadline: July 30, 2010

The Research Institute in Information and Language Processing (RIILP),
University of Wolverhampton invites applications for a new 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
- http://clg.wlv.ac.uk/) and social sciences (Statistical Cybermetrics
Research Group - http://cybermetrics.wlv.ac.uk/), 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 technologies.

Required skills:

- Undergraduate degree in a related subject such as Computational
Linguistics, Linguistics, Translation, Languages, Computer Science,

- 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
- Copy of university degree (in English).
- Copy of transcript listing all university marks (in English).
- A cover 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.phillipswlv.ac.uk

More information about the programme can be found at

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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