MPhil/PhD Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
- Our internationally leading research on the perception and production of speech spans the disciplines of phonetics, hearing, perception, neurobiology and computational modelling.
- Basic science connects to practical applications addressing hearing impairment, atypical perceptual and cognitive development, language training, and security/forensic technologies.
- We share a refurbished building and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities with UCL Developmental Science, Language and Communication, and Linguistics.
- We have close ties to the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and the UCL Ear Institute, and industrial links with major cochlear implant manufacturers and companies in the speech technology sector.
Full-time: 3 years, including the time registered as an MPhil student, and if the thesis is not submitted within this time then students may register as Completing Research Students for 1 additional year.
Part time: 5 years, including the time registered as an MPhil student, and if the thesis is not submitted within this time then students may register as Completing Research Students for 2 additional years.
- Research Topics
Accents, sociophonetics, and talker interaction Patti Adank email@example.com Bronwen Evans firstname.lastname@example.org Valerie Hazan email@example.com Mark Huckvale firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Iverson email@example.com Audiovisual speech perception Andrew Faulkner firstname.lastname@example.org Valerie Hazan email@example.com Jyrki Tuomainen firstname.lastname@example.org First and second language acquisition Bronwen Evans email@example.com Valerie Hazan firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Iverson email@example.com Yi Xu firstname.lastname@example.org
Hearing, hearing impairment, and language disorders
Andrew Faulkner email@example.com Valerie Hazan firstname.lastname@example.org Stuart Rosen email@example.com Jyrki Tuomainen firstname.lastname@example.org Neuroimaging of speech processing Patti Adank email@example.com Andrew Faulkner firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Iverson email@example.com Stuart Rosen firstname.lastname@example.org Jyrki Tuomainen email@example.com Speech recognition in noise and degraded conditions
Andrew Faulkner firstname.lastname@example.org Valerie Hazan email@example.com Mark Huckvale
Stuart Rosen firstname.lastname@example.org Jyrki Tuomainen email@example.com Speech technology Mark Huckvale firstname.lastname@example.org Yi Xu email@example.com Tone, prosody, emotion and pitch processing Andrew Faulkner firstname.lastname@example.org Yi Xu email@example.com
Recent graduates have secured academic positions in speech or hearing science in the UK at institutions such as Kingston University, City University, Manchester University, and UCL; and across the world at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and University of Washington. They have secured positions in the speech technology industry in companies such as Microsoft and Toshiba UK.
- How to Apply
Before applying, you should:
- Have or expect to have a relevant first degree or Master's degree of 1st class or 2.1 standard in UK system, or equivalent for overseas degrees.
- Have a commitment to and demonstrated ability in research. Often your previous experience and performance, such as in an undergraduate or a Master's research project, will show whether research is right for you and you are right for research.
- Overseas applicants also need to satisfy the English Language requirement.
If you meet the above criteria, the next step is to check whether we can supervise research in your chosen area. We only take MPhil/PhD students to whom we can offer expert research supervision from one of our academic staff. Therefore, your research question needs to engage with the research interests of one of our staff.
Select one or at most two potential supervisors whose research interests are related to yours, and send them an email containing:
- a brief CV
- a clear statement that you are interested in studying for a PhD, stating when you would start, and how you would plan to fund the research
- a brief statement of your research question or interest, and how you think the question could be investigated.
Our academic staff are quite happy to receive approaches like this, in order that they can liaise with you to identify a potential research focus of mutual interest.
Once a supervisor has been found you will be asked to submit a formal UCL application form. You should provide a research proposal of between 1000-1500 words with your application form.
To be considered for most funding opportunities you will need to have submitted an application form by early January of the year you wish to start. Please check specific funding webpages for exact deadline dates.
- Scholarships/Funding and Application Deadlines
Funding and Scholarship Opportunities
To be admitted as a research student, applicants usually obtain a source of funding from a recognised funding body. Self-funded students will only be admitted on a full-time basis if they can provide evidence that they will have sufficient funds to support themselves for a minimum of three years.
Graduate Research Scholarships
UCL awards a small number of Graduate School Research Scholarships on a competitive basis. Students must be first nominated by the Research Department in order to apply. These Scholarships are open to UK/EU or Oversees students (full stipend, or fees only).
The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend (2016/17: £16,296) for full-time study. The scholarship also includes additional research costs at a level up to £1,000 per year for the stated duration of the programme.
Applications must be complete (including references) by 8 January 2018 to be considered for this funding.
The Division also awards a number of Demonstratorships/Teaching Assistantships. These involve a set number of hours teaching but also allow time for MPhil/PhD study. These awards include a stipend and tuition fees for MPhil/PhD. They are open to UK/EU and International Students.
Individual members of staff may sometimes be able to support students with the help of research funds that they have obtained from the Research Councils or from various charities or other funding bodies. In this latter case, students usually enrol on a part-time basis.
The ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership invites applications for studentships in language sciences (e.g., speech, language and communication; experimental phonetics, linguistics and pragmatics; developmental and acquired disorders; and hearing impairments). The funding can be for three years of PhD study, or 1+3 including a masters year.
Eligibility for these studentships normally requires three years of prior residency in the UK, but this requirement can be waived for students who are eligible for Advanced Quantitative Methods training. See ESRC guidance for all details. http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/
Applicants must first contact a potential supervisor in the departments of Language and Cognition, Linguistics, or Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/research
Once a potential supervisor has been identified, students must apply for admission to the PhD in the relevant department. Applications must be complete (including references) by 8 January 2018. Please also email Richard Jardine, firstname.lastname@example.org, to indicate your interest in this studentship. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research/application
There are several sources of funding available specifically for overseas students to undertake graduate training in the UK. Some funding is awarded on a competitive basis by UCL to students nominated by their Departments (e.g. UCL Graduate School Scholarships). Other sources of funding require students to apply independently, (e.g. British Council, Commonwealth, Chevening, WHO and NATO Scholarships, Government or Employers' Schemes). It is important to make early enquiries about these independent schemes (up to a year in advance).
For all UCL scholarship opportunities for research degree programmes, please click on the link: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships
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