Master Human Language Technology

Human Language Technology is a track in the two-year Humanities Research Master in Linguistics at VU Amsterdam by CLTL.

Read more about the application procedure and do not hesitate to contact our program coordinator Hennie van der Vliet (h.d.vander.vliet [at]  if you have any questions.

Human Language Technology 2017-2018 ▷Track in 2-year Research Master

Human Language technology or Natural Language Processing is a rapidly developing research field. In current Humanities research, a firm background in language technology is extremely valuable for modelling Big (!) datasets. The Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL) offers a specialization in the research master Humanities in which students are trained in human language technology and natural language processing. A human language technology expert has knowledge of technology as used in computer applications (e.g. search engines) and of relevant linguistic theories. Students finish the program by carrying our research for a final thesis project. Such a project can either be carried out with a company our be embedded in ongoing research at our lab. If you are interested in what kinds of projects our students carry out at the end of their studies, please have a look at completed and ongoing theses projects and browse the list of available thesis topics.

The two-year program can be seen here: RMA-program20-21

• The Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL) is one of the world’s leading research institutes in Human Language technology.
Prof. Dr. Piek Vossen, recipient of the NWO Spinoza Prize, heads the group of international researchers that are working on interdisciplinary projects, including the Spinoza project ‘Understanding Language by Machines’.
• Become part of an international group of researchers at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

You can set up your own research direction as a PhD student or you can embark on a career at a research institute. The industry provides many career opportunities, as there is a growing need for linguists with a technical background. To prepare for your career, we offer the possibility of combining your thesis with an internship in a research institute or at the language industry. If you would like to see what recent graduates are up to, please have a look at our Graduates and Careers page.

• Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence or a comparable Bachelor programme, with an average grade of minimally 7.5.
• Applicants who do not meet the requirement(s) are also encouraged to apply, provided that they have a sound academic background and a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of engineering and/or linguistics.


For more details on the programme, admission and application:

Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL)
Language, Literature and Communication
Faculty of Humanities
VU Amsterdam
de Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands