NLP Landscape: Ireland

Are you looking to study or work in the field of NLP? For this series, NLP People will be taking a closer look at the NLP education landscape in different parts of the world, including the best sites for job-seekers and where you can go for the leading NLP-related education programs on offer. The first part in the series covers Ireland.

UCD School of Computer Science

University College, Dublin

The UCD School of Computer Science offers several MA/MSc degrees in Cognitive Science, and the institution also focuses on research in the field of Language and Cognition, which – according to the website – includes finding out more about “speech synthesis, language transition and text understanding.”

The Unit for Natural Language Processing

National University of Ireland, Galway

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Europe’s largest research centre in data science, has a group in Natural Language Processing (UNLP) at the National University of Ireland Galway. Their areas of research range from Knowledge Extraction to Data Linking, Social Media Mining and Legal Text Analytics. The group is also responsible for the Natural Language Processing module of the MSc in Data Analytics program at the National University of Ireland Galway. UNLP regularly offers internship, PhD, postdoctoral, and research assistant positions. More information about the unit can be found here, and on available positions here

ADAPT Center

The ADAPT Centre brings together leading NLP research experts from four Irish-based universities: Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology. Find their list of jobs on their website here and a list of their paid internships here. You can (and should) also keep an eye on their news and research pages.

Dublin Institute of Technology

The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) offers many opportunities for NLP-related education, including options for part-time studies. Find more information for prospective students here. At the time of writing, Dr. John Kelleher is in charge of Natural Language Processing at the Centre for Applied Data Analytics (CeADAR).

Trinity College

The Trinity College Dublin offers a Masters in Speech and Language Processing co-ordinated by Dr. Gessica De Angelis; options are available to undertake this study part-time or full-time over the course of one year or two. Find their full course outline on the Trinity College website here.

The Artificial Intelligence Association of Ireland (AIAI)

The Artificial Intelligence Association of Ireland (AIAI) is the place to go for keeping your finger on the pulse of AI research. Join their mailing list to be sent regular updates; go here to visit their regularly updated list of jobs if you’re looking for a career in the industry, or join their forum here to interact with industry experts.


Aylien is an Irish-based tech startup focusing on artificial intelligence, text analysis and natural language programming; they have been featured heavily in the media as being on the front lines of innovation when it comes to the NLP-field. Keep an eye on their website or click here to see a list of available jobs at the company.


MeetUp is a social network connecting people by their interests – and it seems like there’s one for everything, including everything NLP in Dublin. Keep an eye on it for more information about NLP news, research and potential jobs.


NLPPeople is a global NLP-dedicated career & consultancy portal covering positions both in industry and academia. NLP Ireland jobs are covered quite extensively there.




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