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Masters in Linguistics: Text Mining

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
Amsterdam
English
September 2020
Application deadline: Deadline: June 1st for Dutch students & also students from EU/EEA countries
2,143 EUR excl. VAT

Program description

Masters in Linguistics: Text Mining

A master for Humanities, social sciences and computer science

For mining information from very large repositories of text, you need to know what you are looking for and how to find it. The Master’s program Text Mining trains everyone with a Bachelor’s and or Master’s degree how to use text mining by applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. You will learn what the possibilities and limitations are, and how to reflect on the outcomes and the cross-disciplinary aspects.

Admission requirements

English language requirements

Students applying for a Master’s degree programme should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level.

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Program content

Scientists and decision-makers are very much in need of the information that must be somewhere in textual big data. Some examples:

  • Millions of medical reports and scientific papers on specific symptoms are hiding loads of information, waiting to be discovered;
  • Hundreds of thousands of documents on economic policies produced by (non) governmental institutions;
  • Emotions, opinions and mental states of all kinds of people on all kinds of topics can be found in abundance at the internet and in social media;
  • Historical archives, libraries with centuries of books are now available digitally, waiting to be explored through new techniques.

You probably never realized, but most big data is textual and the amount of textual information available in digital form is still rapidly growing. Although language is very accessible for humans, it is not for machines. That massive amount of information is very hard to explore! That is where text mining comes in.

Text mining is trying to extract knowledge, information and structured data from text and utterances by using a collection of software and Artificial Intelligence methodologies. Although text mining is grounded in linguistics, computer science and Artificial Intelligence, it is extremely relevant for almost all fields of knowledge.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarship option is available for International Students

If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's program and the scholarship.

For more information please visit the University website.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 170 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 24,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...


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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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