Masters and PhD studies

Our mission

The mission of the Research Group is to produce world-leading research, to offer first-class research supervision and postgraduate teaching in the interdisciplinary areas of information and language processing, and to deliver cutting-edge practical (including commercial) applications with far-reaching societal impact based on its research output.

Our offer

The Research Group in Computational Linguistics provides opportunities to study at either Masters or PhD level, through our Masters in Computational Linguistics, Masters in Practical Corpus Linguistics for ELT, Lexicography and Translation and research PhD programmes. We particularly welcome PhD proposals from self-funded students, and would be happy to hear from interested applicants regarding ideas for potential PhD research. If you have any questions about either PhD or Masters study, or would like more information, please get in touch.

What does a Masters or PhD involve?

Whether you choose to apply for one of our Masters (MA) programmes or a PhD programme will largely depend on the level of support or independence you would like to have in following your research interests.

Our Masters courses provide a more structured programme, largely composed of taught modules with a dissertation at the end. Students will work towards completing 180 credits in total, 60 credits of which is a dissertation, and teaching is through a mixture of lectures and lab work. The Masters courses would be particularly suitable for students who have a broad interest in the areas that the Masters covers and who would like to develop their knowledge of multiple aspects of Computational Linguistics and Corpus Linguistics. They also provide a greater level of support and contact time for students who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree, but don’t yet feel ready for the level of independent study required by a PhD programme.

Our PhD course involves three to four years full-time research (or seven to eight part-time) into a specific area, usually determined by the student. Students will complete a thesis of up to 45,000 words if the research includes implementation of programs and experiments, or up to 90,000 words for more theoretical research. (These figures exclude essential ancillary data). The thesis is also expected to make an original contribution to the field. At the end of the degree, students defend their thesis in a viva voce examination, where they discuss their research with two examiners. A PhD programme is more suited to students who already have a clear research interest, and study is generally self-directed. Students will meet with supervisors on a regular basis to discuss their work and progress, but most of their research is carried out independently.

Why study a Masters or PhD programme?

Completing a postgraduate degree is an excellent way of developing your knowledge and expertise in a particular field, as well as distinguishing you from other graduates who have only completed an undergraduate degree. Postgraduate programmes normally focus on a much more specific area than undergraduate courses, enabling you to enhance your abilities and understanding further, as well as allowing you to complete more independent project work. Completing a Masters dissertation or PhD thesis indicates that you are adept in areas such as problem solving, time management and project management, and it will also often enable you to work on innovative and cutting-edge projects. PhD research in particular must make an original contribution to the field, meaning that you are working at the forefront of your discipline and often with experts in your area.

In terms of career opportunities, Computational Linguistics is a thriving field; companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and IBM are all active recruiters of graduates with degrees in this area. Aside from industrial career options, a PhD qualification is also essential for anyone considering work in academia and further research.

Key features & application

Masters programmes

MA Computational Linguistics

  • 1 year full time / 2 years part time
  • 180 credits, 60 credits of which is a dissertation
  • Fees per academic year: UK/EU – £6,020, International – £12,445
  • Start date: Oct 2017

For further details and to apply, please visit the University of Wolverhampton website.

MA Practical Corpus Linguistics for Lexicographers, Translators and ELT (TBV)

  • 1 year full time / 2 years part time
  • 180 credits, 60 credits of which is a dissertation
  • Fees per academic year: UK/EU – £6,020, International – £12,445
  • Start date: Oct 2017

For further details and to apply, please visit the University of Wolverhampton website. 

Till Sept 2014, the group was involved in the delivery of International Masters in Natural Language Processing and Human Language Technology.

The Research Group also provides supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At undergraduate level, it supervises students who decide to take final year projects in languages, linguistics and TESOL. At postgraduate level, members of research group offer supervision in a wide range of areas of computational linguistics, machine translation and linguistics. For a list of research areas where we could provide supervision visit our Research page.

PhD programme

PhD study at RGCL

  • 3-4 years full time / 7-8 years part time
  • 45,000 to 90,000-word thesis
  • Fees per academic year: UK/EU – £4,203, International – £12,445
  • Start date: applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and start dates are flexible

For further details and to make an application, please visit the University of Wolverhampton’s webpages for our PhD in Humanities Linguistics. Advice and guidance regarding the application process, including details of the different stages and documents required, can also be found on the University’s website.

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