Language Sciences (with specialisation in Speech and Hearing Sciences) MSc
The combined specialisation in Speech and Hearing Sciences provides a thorough multi-disciplinary introduction to modern knowledge and current research in the inter-related aspects of human spoken communication. It prepares students from different backgrounds for work in the rapidly developing fields of speech and hearing research, and their technological applications.
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The MSc in Language Sciences will provide students with an
opportunity for an in-depth study of one or more areas of the Language
Sciences. The MSc in Language Sciences is an ‘umbrella degree’, with a
number of specialisation strands that follow a common structure. All
students on the programme will take a core set of modules but they will
then have an opportunity to specialise in one specific area of the
language sciences, such as language development or speech and hearing
sciences, which is most tailored to their interest. In selecting the
modules for their specialisation, students will be able to takes full
advantage of the breadth of expertise in language research in the
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This programme is designed for students who want to deepen
their knowledge of one or more areas of the language sciences prior to
registering for a research degree and will also be appropriate for
individuals currently working in areas such as education, speech and
language therapy, audiology, speech technology, who want to deepen their
knowledge of the language sciences.
What will I learn?
Students take a core set of modules and then have the opportunity to specialise in speech and hearing sciences. In selecting the modules for their specialisation, students will be able to take full advantage of the breadth of expertise in language research in the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language. Staff and students benefit from cutting-edge resources including extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.
Opportunities for students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.
The Language Sciences MSc provides the opportunity for in-depth study of one or more areas of the Language Sciences. The programme is an 'umbrella degree', with a number of specialisation strands that follow a common structure.
The MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Speech and Hearing Sciences includes mandatory modules,
core modules and optional modules.
PALSG101: Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain
PALSG102: Research Methods - Principles, skills and applications
PALSG199: Research Project
In consultation with the Programme Director, students register for three modules chosen from the following list:
PALSG204: Development of Speech Perception and Production
PALSG206: Introduction to Speech Sciences
PALSG304: Experimental Phonetics
PLING154: Phonetic Theory
PLING304: Auditory Perception
HCSCGS16: Introduction to Speech, Hearing and Audiology
(HCSCGH16 Cannot be taken in conjunction with PALSG206)
Finally, students register for two modules from all those offered within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, subject to availability and agreement with the Programme Director. A list of possible options is indicated below, these are suggestions only: choices are not limited to the modules on this list.
PALSG201: Deafness, Cognition and Language
PALSG305: Computational Methods for Speech and Hearing Sciences
PALSG306: Second Language Speech Learning
PLING302: Advanced topics in Speech Perception
Final research project submissions are in August, meaning that the programme runs over the course of 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time).
You can view the timetable for the current academic year at www.ucl.ac.uk/timetable. Click on "degree programme", enter "Language Sciences"; select the specialisation from the dropdown menu; and click on "Show Timetable". You will now see all classes for all obligatory modules for the whole year. You can click on "Change Display" at the top left to see classes for Term 1 and Term 2 separately.
Programme Director: Professor Valerie Hazan
Each specialisation of the programme has it's own Strand Coordinator:
- Language Development - Professor Valerie Hazan
- Linguistics with Neuroscience - Dr Andrea Santi
- Neuroscience and Communication - Dr Andrea Santi
- Sign Language Studies - Dr Kearsy Cormier
- Speech and Hearing Sciences - Dr Yi Xu
The flexibility of the programme means that modules are
taught by academic staff drawn from across the Division of Psychology
& Language Sciences.
In addition, we can call on the support of visiting lecturers, Teaching Fellows and Postgraduate Teaching Assistants.
Teaching Administrator: Pete Buchanan
Applicants should have a degree in a language-related area such as
linguistics, speech sciences, English language, psychology, cognitive science,
or a cognate discipline
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.
Who can apply?
This programme is designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of language sciences prior to registering for a research degree. It is also appropriate for individuals currently working in education, speech and language therapy, audiology, and speech technology, who wish to extend their knowledge of this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Language Sciences at graduate level
- why you want to study Language Sciences at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The Language Sciences MSc is a new programme but certain specialisations that will be offered as part of this degree have been running for many years as independent programmes. Many students from these degrees have gone on to complete doctoral degrees in the area of language and speech sciences. Others have gone to work in related industries (e.g. in speech technology industries, cochlear implants manufacturers) or in education. The skills that the MSc develops – independent research, presentation skills, statistics – are transferable skills that are very highly sought-after outside academia.
Tuition fees (2015/16)
- UK/EU Full-time: £9,270
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,635
- Overseas Full-time: £23,690
- Overseas Part-time: £11,950
Four departmental scholarships of £2400 will be
available for students applying for the MSc in Language Sciences.
Candidates holding an offer of admission to UCL for the MSc Language
Sciences by 1 June 2014 will be considered for these awards. It is
therefore strongly recommended that applications for admission to UCL
are submitted as early as possible, and certainly no later than six
weeks before the 1 June 2014 scholarship deadline. These scholarships
will be primarily awarded on the basis of academic merit rather than
according to financial need. Successful applicants will be students with
outstanding academic potential and will have achieved excellent results
in the qualifications already obtained. Please note that these
scholarships cannot be held in conjunction with other funding.
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