M.A. in Linguistic Theory and Computational Linguistics, School of Linguistics, HSE, Moscow

Linguistic Theory and Computational Linguistics

MA programme at the School of Linguistics, HSE, Moscow


This new programme in linguistics is hosted by Higher School of Economics (Moscow), a young dynamic university with a vast range of research and educational facilities. The tuition is fully covered by governmental and HSE fellowships, including foreign students.


Read more aout this MA programme at www.hse.ru/ma/ling (in English). A more detailed site is available in Russian.



The international MA programme in linguistic theory and computational linguistics invites applications from undergraduate and MA students with different background, interested in methods of linguistic analysis, interdisciplinary study of language, language documentation and natural language processing. We have two tracks (profiles). In the linguistic theory and description profile, we cover Russian lingustics, sociolinguistics and typologically informed language description. In the c omputational linguistics profile, we cover natural language processing, machine learning, and digital humanities. We also offer guest lectures from leading experts in various fields of theoretical and applied linguistics.



Main areas of academic research at the School of linguistics include: Russian linguistics, minority languages of Russia, languages of the Caucasus, field linguistics; morphology, syntax, semantics; corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic typology and language diversity, psycholinguistics; digital humanities, information retrieval.



Teaching languages of the programme : English and Russian



The MA programme contains several basic courses common for all students and offers a choice of courses within the two main profiles: theoretical and computational.



Basic courses:

  • An Introduction to Formal linguistics
  • An Introduction to Functional and cognitive linguistics
  • Linguistic data analysis and visualization



Linguistic theory and description:

  • Russian linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Typologically informed language description



Computational linguistics:

  • mathematical foundations of computational linguistics
  • machine learning
  • programming in Python




  • digital humanities
  • linguistic anthropology
  • historical linguistics
  • experimental and psycho- linguistics
  • programming for linguistic purposes
  • a foreign language



Projects and academic activities:

During the time of the programme, MA students form small teams of four to six people to carry out a co-operative two-year project. (In some cases, individual projects may also be envisaged.) The MA thesis (obligatory) may but does not have to be based on the results of this project.


Linguistic theory and description projects: fieldwork (minority languages, Russian dialects, sociolinguistic interviews, experimental linguistics)


Computational linguistics projects: real-life involvement in IT-companies, department projects




  • for computational linguistics : BA in any field (students with a non-linguistic BA are invited to take a special introductory course)
  • for linguistic theory and description: BA/Major (exceptionally, a strong minor) in linguistics




  • Academic research portfolio: BA thesis, research projects, conference participation, publications
  • A letter of intention: a vigorous explanation why you want to enter our programme
  • English: TOEFL and IELTS accepted, otherwise an oral interview
  • Russian: recommended C1 (Europe)/ advanced (TORFL) / advanced-low or higher (ACTFL), possible B1 (Europe), intermediate (TORFL), intermediate-high (ACTFL). If you do not have a certificate but are sufficiently confident of your Russian, contact us for additional information.




  • Tuition: fully covered by the federal QUOTA programme
  • Russian as a foreign language: tuition is fully covered by HSE



Accommodation: a modern and inexpensive student guesthouse is provided by HSE



Visa support provided by HSE (www.hse.ru/ma/ling)



If you are interested in the programme please contact Anastasia Bonch-Osmolovskaya (abonch@gmail.com) or Michael Daniel (misha.daniel@gmail.com)