Taught course

Artificial Intelligence with Speech and Multimodal Interaction

Heriot-Watt University · School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Entry requirements

Admission requires a good honours degree that includes a substantial component of computing or IT. Candidates holding less than a good honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exam and course work are at MSc level.

Months of entry


Course content

If you have ever wondered how to build an AI system like Siri or Cortana which can understand human language and carry out conversations with people, or how to build an interactive robot that can speak with humans, then this programme will provide all the knowledge and skills you need.

You will learn about Natural Language Processing, machine learning, spoken dialogue systems, multimodal interfaces, and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). You will gain deep knowledge of spoken language understanding systems, and Natural Language Generation methods, as well as state-of-the-art dialogue management techniques. The programme also covers experimental design for the evaluation of conversational interfaces and by the end of it you will have developed and tested your own Conversational Agent, possibly by using one of our robots (e.g. Pepper, Nao, FurHat, or iCub).

The MSc project can be carried out in collaboration with an outside industrial or academic organisation.

Fees and funding

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support. View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

+44(0) 131 451 8444