Artificial intelligence and natural language processing

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

Making sense of human communication is at the heart of our work in natural language processing and Artificial Intelligence. Research in these areas, and in particular the success of deep learning, is leading to unprecedented improvements in applications such as text understanding, information retrieval and human language interfaces.

Our research also aims to develop a deeper understanding of how humans use language, which we investigate with our research in natural language generation, ambiguity analysis and dialogue systems. Our research applies the same techniques to understanding music, to automatically generate adaptive soundtracks for computer games.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

  • Natural language generation
  • Information extraction from texts
  • Dialogue systems
  • Automatic music composition
  • Natural language processing in educational applications
  • Textual similarity

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £15,698 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £7,849 per year

Some of our research students are funded via EPSRC DTP and the STEM Faculty; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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