M.Sc. On Campus

Speech and Language Processing

12 months
31100 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Speech and Language Processing programme from The University of Edinburgh offers an exciting opportunity to learn from world leaders in both informatics and linguistics. 


Drawing from our cutting-edge research, the programme’s content covers all areas of speech and language processing, from phonetics, speech synthesis and speech recognition to natural language generation and machine translation.

This flexible Speech and Language Processing programme from The University of Edinburgh provides research and vocational training and can be either freestanding or used as preparation for a PhD.

The modular nature of the programme allows you to tailor it to your own interests.


In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), Linguistics research at Edinburgh is ranked 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK (Times Higher Education, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Rank order by GPA).

This programme is taught by leading researchers from Linguistics & English Language, the Centre for Speech Technology Research, and the School of Informatics.

This programme combines elements of linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science, and engineering.

What will I learn?

You will develop up-to-date knowledge of a broad range of areas in speech and language processing and gain the technical expertise and hands-on skills required to carry out research and development in this challenging interdisciplinary area.

Career opportunities

This programme will provide you with the specialised skills you need to perform research or to develop technology for speech and language processing. It also provides a solid foundation for doctoral study.

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses

  • Accelerated Natural Language Processing - Computer Programming for Speech and Language Processing
  • Speech Processing - Univariate Statistics and Methodology Using R

Option courses

Option courses may include:

  • Natural Language Understanding, Generation, and Machine Translation
  • Automatic Speech Recognition
  • Speech Synthesis
  • Machine Learning in Signal Processing
  • Simulating Language
  • Phonetics and Laboratory Phonology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  •  There are 4 application rounds.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in linguistics, computer science, engineering, psychology, philosophy, mathematics or a related subject. Your application should show evidence of a basic understanding of linguistics, mathematics and computer science and you must be willing to undertake further study to prepare you for the programme.
  • You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees:

  • Home - £6,250
  • International/EU - £15,550

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

  • your programme
  • the duration of your studies
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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