Advanced Natural Language Processing (968G5)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Advanced Natural Language Processing builds on the foundations provided by the Applied Natural Language Processing module.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of key topics including:

  • word sense disambiguation
  • vector space models of semantics
  • named entity recognition
  • topic modelling
  • machine translation

Seminars will provide in-depth discussion of research papers related to the key topics and also general issues that arise when developing natural language processing tools, including:

  • hypothesis testing
  • data smoothing techniques
  • domain adaptation
  • generative versus discriminative learning
  • semi-supervised learning

Labs will provide the opportunity for students to improve their python programming skills, experiment with some off-the-shelf technology and develop research skills.


50%: Practical (Laboratory)
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 42 hours of contact time and about 108 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.