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.

Start date:
September 2015
End date: September 2016 (full-time); September 2017 (part-time)

Content

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 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.

Student / staff ratios › 145 staff › 661 taught students › 457 research students

Structure

The MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Speech and Hearing Sciences includes mandatory modules, core modules and optional modules.
Mandatory Modules

PALSG101: Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain

PALSG102: Research Methods - Principles, skills and applications

PALSG199: Research Project

Core Modules

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


Option Modules

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

PLING300: Stuttering

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).

Timetable
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.

Staff

Programme Director: Professor Valerie Hazan

Each specialisation of the programme has it's own Strand Coordinator:

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

Application

Applicants should have a degree in a language-related area such as linguistics, speech sciences, English language, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline 

Applications

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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.

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.

Application deadlines
All applicants
31 July 2015
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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Next Steps

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Careers

The majority of students who graduate from MSc Language Sciences programmes go on to further study or research.  Recent graduates have gone on to PhD study in UCL, other UK institutions and prestigious overseas universities. Other students have gone on to diverse roles related to Language Sciences such as audiology, education and speech and hearing technology.

Many students, especially studying Neuroscience and Communication are already working as Speech and Language Therapists and see MSc Language Sciences as an opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a specific area and gain research skills.

We also have a number of students who see the value of having a postgraduate degree when looking for employment and want to study something they find interesting, while not necessarily related to their field of work.

UCL provides advice, guidance and workshops on Careers and Employability through its Careers service.

Contact

Next Steps

Contact Information
 
Register your interest

Keep up to date with news from UCL and receive personalised email alerts.
Register your interest

Make an application

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

Fees and Funding

Key Information

Tuition Fees (2015/16)
UK/EU:
£9,270 (FT) £4,635 (PT)
Overseas:
£23,690 (FT) £11,950 (PT)

Funding

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 2015 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 2015 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.

UCL Scholarships

For information on general scholarship opportunities, please select the link below:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate