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Contact details

Mrs Stefanie Anyadi

Email: s.anyadi@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4224

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,750 (FT)

Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences Departmental Award: One award of £500 is available. All successful applicants will be considered at the beginning of June for entry in September of the same year.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Phonetics MA

PLEASE NOTE: The Phonetics MA is NOT OPEN FOR 2013 ENTRY as it is being redesigned. Students wishing to study at UCL during 2013/14 and who have some background knowledge of phonetics might like to consider our other programmes at:

This MA gives students a thorough grounding in Phonetics, the study of speech sounds. The programme concentrates on three core areas: general phonetics and phonology, including practical phonetics; experimental phonetics; and phonetics and phonology of English, including intonation. Students can then tailor the programme to meet their personal linguistic interests.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme develops knowledge and understanding of current research practice, and offers a thorough training in practical phonetics, and preparation for independent research. Students are able to formulate appropriate research questions, find and evaluate relevant literature, develop and test new hypotheses, and produce cogent, structured and professionally presented reports.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's leading research universities.
The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language – building on cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in linguistics, speech, hearing, perception and cognition. Its pre-eminence attracts the best staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment for research and learning.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment for learning that includes specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • General Phonetics and Phonology
  • Experimental Phonetics
  • Phonetics and Phonology of English


  • Students choose two option modules from a selection that includes the following:
  • Phonetic Theory
    Animal Communication and Human Language
  • Advanced Phonological Theory
  • Computational Methods for Research in Speech Science
  • Development of Speech Production and Perception
  • Advanced Topics in Speech Perception
  • Auditory Perception
  • Second Language Learning
    Please note the availability of options varies each
  • year to year


All students undertake an independent research project in any area of phonetics, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, back-up classes, tutorials, practical classes, laboratory classes and seminars. Assessment is through three exams, (in general phonetics and phonology, experimental phonetics, and phonetics and phonology of English), essay and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

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 is required.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. 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?

The programme is flexible enough to accommodate motivated beginners in the field as well as students with some prior knowledge of phonetics. It is suited to those wishing to gain an up-to-date knowledge of the concepts of phonetics and phonology, together with practical skills in the phonetic description of sounds. It is also suited to those wishing to develop research skills in phonetic science, e.g. as a precusor to graduate research.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Phonetics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Phonetics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
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.


Many graduates of the UCL Phonetics MA go on to teach in colleges or universities, either directly or after undertaking a PhD. Other graduates have gone into lexicography, speech technology, forensic science, or or other fields related to communication.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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