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Computing - Multimodal Human Language Technology

Information Technology is one of Ireland’s most important economic sectors, employing approximately 5% of the Irish workforce and accounting for a third of Irish exports (€32 billion per annum). The Dublin region has a significant concentration of IT multinationals similar to Silicon Valley and through its successes in the IT sector, Ireland has built an enviable international reputation as a technology center that is leveraged to attract investment to other sectors.

Against the background of growth in demand for IT courses and the needs of the business community, the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) have designed a new level 9 Master of Science in Computing degree where we expect to be a significant contributor to the needs of the economy and the regional business and social community.

The 90 credits NFQ level 9 masters programme will be made up of a taught component and a research project component. The emphasis of the programme is on applied skills with modules designed with the collaboration of industry and academia and where possible, modules will include content from industry certifications. The research component will be focused on real-world business problems and where possible, the research project will be completed during an internship with a company.

The courses are suitable for both entrants to a new discipline that require a broader range of taught modules to familiarize themselves with the skills and knowledge of the discipline and for specialist employees who want to up-skill in their specialist areas and require a narrow range of taught modules and more emphasis on the research skills project of the degree.

With our new degree structure, we seek to be flexible and responsive to industry needs while still maintaining a high standard of academic excellence.

Students will be required to take a minimum of 3 taught modules worth 10 credits each, giving a total of 30 credits. Students then have the option of two different paths to complete the 90 credits required for this master’s degree. One option is to take three more taught modules and a 30-credit research project. This path would suit students who are new to the discipline and require more taught modules and a smaller research project.

The other path is to take a 60 credit research project module route. This path would suit students who have a background in the discipline and who wish to dedicate more time to the research element of the masters and develop their research capabilities.

The MSc Research Project is a significant amount of work as it comprises from one-third to two-thirds of the credits for the masters. The research project will have at it core an applied component and incorporate the collecting and analyzing data for improving decision making purposes.

Human Language Technology (HLT) refers to a rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field concerned with one of our most pervasive commodities: human language (both spoken and written) and its interaction with computers. In the past decade it has become an increasingly central component in the field of computer science, as it has become increasingly prevalent in our lives.

Human Language Technology is concerned with human language, as it appears in emails, web pages, tweets, product descriptions, newspaper stories, social media, and scientific articles, in thousands of languages worldwide. Successful human language technology applications have become part of our everyday experience.

The Human Language technology professional will have expertise in the domain areas of computer science, computer engineering and linguistics and combining expertise in these domain area provides us with a myriad of new and exciting innovations from conversational agents/avatars and automatic speech recognition on user devices to Internet search and machine translation of the world’s languages.

The MSc in Computing programme is of particular value to holders of a primary degree in computing, IT, or equivalent, working as IT professionals. It is also of value to individuals with a computing degree background who wish to develop their career towards working within a research-oriented environment at a postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for standard entrants to the Master of Science in Computing is 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5 or equivalent), in a Bachelor of Science in Computing (level 8) course, or equivalent.

Students progressing through the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (BN509) who wish to enter the M.Sc. in Computing must attain a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5) on the course.

In the event of a student not attaining this standard level , students must achieve an acceptable standard for progression by other means approved by QQI.

The acceptance of candidates with third class honours degrees and appropriate work experience and industrial certification on this course will be allowed provided there is evidence that the candidate can cope with the learning objectives of the course.

Candidates may be interviewed to assess their suitability to undertake the level of work required and to assess their commitment to succeding on the MSc in Computing Programme.


2 years (4 Semesters)

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday 6.00pm -10.00pm

Careers or further progression

As of now, most of the world's top IT companies have significant bases in Ireland (including, for example, IBM’s R&D centre and the European headquarters of Google, Microsoft, Facebook all based in Dublin) and a large portion of their language technology services are conducted in Europe. According to LT-Innovate (2014), with a growth in excess of 10%, year on year, language technology is the new frontier in IT and is a domain in which European researchers and companies have been pioneers for decades.

Graduates of this new specialist Masters programme will have an exciting range of career opportunities available to them, from machine translation, data analytics and speech processing, to e-learning, Internet search, and human-computer interaction.

Further enquiries

For further details please contact the marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail:

Subjects taught

Year 1 Semester 1
•Natural Language Processing
•XML Ontologies for Corpus Building
•Linguistics for Human Language Technology

Year 1 Semester 2
•Data Structures & Algorithms for NLP
•Digital Corpus Linguistics
•Interactive Speech Processing

Year 2 Semester 3
•Avatar Technology
•Programming for NLP
•Intelligent Software Agents
•Machine Translation Paradigms

Year 2 Semester 4
•Research Skills & Ethics
•MSc Research Project

Students must complete 6 modules and a thesis. All Modules are 10 ECTS Credits. The MSc Research Project is 30 ECTS Credits.

The order of Module Delivery may differ from the listing above.

An award of ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Computing’ may be granted if learners leave this programme having completed 6 taught modules and attained 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00.


NFQ level: 9
Award title: Master of Science
Credits for Full Award: 90 @ NFQ Level 9
Awarding Body: ITB

Course fee

€2,000 per year

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