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    The International Masters in Natural Language Processing and Human Language Technology is an Erasmus Mundus Master course, organised jointly by four European universities.

    During the two-year programme, participants study at two or three universities of the consortium. Students are awarded a multiple Masters degree by the institutions where they study.

    The course begins on 1st September 2012 and finishes on 31st August 2014. 


    The main objective of this Masters Course is the production of bilingual or trilingual specialists in computational linguistics and its application.

    Study programme

    Four universities are involved in the Masters consortium. The student chooses to go to two or three universities of the consortium and studies for one year in one of the universities and for the other year in one or two of the three other universities (if the student chooses to go to 2 universities in the same year, he/she will spend one semester in each of these). The disciplines involved are linguistics, computer science, mathematics and either two or three languages. The study programme covers taught subjects and a research project dissertation in the domain. The taught subjects are organised so that each student obtains the same fundamental knowledge and can obtain more specialised material according to the student's preference for doing either more linguistics or more computing and mathematics. The lectures are based on fundamentals but are also in connection with the most recent research and developments in the domain. To complete the course, each student are required to obtain 120 ECTS points: 60 ECTS in taught subjects and 60 ECTS through the research project dissertation. Dissertation projects are jointly supervised by members of the teaching staff who are active in research and who also supervise PhD dissertations as well as visiting scholars - all partners of the consortium are associated with university research laboratories. Moreover, the opportunity exists for interested students within the programme to do a non-assessed placement in a company or in a research centre.

    Mulitple degree

    The degree delivered is a 5th year university level "multiple degree" recognised by each of the participating universities; in other words, the student receives degree from each of the universities which he or she attends (3 certificates maximum). All successful students (European, third-country or others) receive the same final degree "International Masters in Natural Language Processing and Human Language Technology from each of the universities which he or she attends (3 certificates maximum).


    The duration of the course is 2 years. It starts on 1st September 2012 and finish on 31st August 2014.

    Languages of instruction

    The languages of instruction are those of the country of each partner university (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish).

    Career prospects

    The awarded degree is intended to provide a foundation for careers in academic and industrial research. The graduates of the Programme are expected to advance to the PhD level at leading universities around the world. On the other hand, since the topics covered by the course are relevant to many demands of today’s high technology society, the graduates will be able to access research and development positions in the industry or government.

    Visiting scholars

    The consortium hosts visiting scholars from other universities around the world who are involved in research as well as teaching and supervision of the Masters students. In 2012-2014, scholarships for visiting scholars will be available.

    Admission requirements

    The Masters course is open to both EU and non-EU students. To be eligible to apply, applicants must hold a recognised first degree, corresponding to three years of Higher Education / University studies in a field related to the topics of the course such as Linguistics, Languages, Translation Studies, Mathematics, or Computer Science. The applicants are also required to have a good level of proficiency in 2 or 3 languages of the consortium countries.

    Masters scholarships

    European and third-country applicants are entitled to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, which covers both tuition fees and travel and subsistance during their studies as well as insurance. Each University provides housing facilities and tutorials, and induction weeks for the newcomers.

    For the academic year 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, the IM in NLP&HLT Masters programme will have 10 scholarships (category A) for third-country students in the general category and 2 scholarships in the special category of the "Western Balkans and Turkey Window" for students from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99, as well as from the candidate country: Turkey.

    For the academic year 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, the IM in NLP&HLT Masters programme will have 8 scholarships (category B) for European students and students who do not belong to the category A

    Every student who obtains a scholarship for the first year and is admitted to the second year will receive a scholarship for their second year.