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Contact details

Mr Peter Buchanan

Email: p.buchanan@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4274

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2012/13:

£8,750 (FT)

Overseas 2012/13:

£22,250 (FT)

Four departmental scholarships are available. Candidates holding an offer of admission by 1 June (for year of entry) will be considered.

It is strongly recommended that applications are submitted no later than four weeks before this deadline.

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. 

Language Sciences (with specialisation in Sign Language Studies) MSc

This specialisation in Sign Language Studies is unique amongst existing Master’s degrees in including components in the psychology and linguistics and neuroscience of deafness and sign language, taught by staff at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre. A new module on British Sign Language is also included.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students take a set of core courses and then specialise in linguistics, psychology of language, and/or interpreting. In selecting the courses for specialisation, students are 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.

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 two core modules (45 credits), three further specialisation core modules (45 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Methods: Principles, Skills and Applications
  • Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain
  • Specialisation modules
  • British Sign Language Level 1*
  • Deafness: Cognition and Language
  • Linguistics of Sign Languages
  • *students who already have BSL CACDP Level 1 or equivalent select three rather than two Options

Options

  • Select two optional modules. Recommendations include:
  • Syntax I
  • Phonetics/Phonology (counts as two modules)
  • Pragmatic Theory
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Acquisition
  • Foundations of Linguistics
  • Interaction and Language Management of Interpreting
  • Historical and Social Context of Interpreting
  • Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Language Disorders: Topics in Aphasia
  • Semantic-Pragmatic Development
  • Or suitable optional modules from other departments at UCL

Dissertation/report

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

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching and a virtual learning environment. Some courses also involve workshops or practical classes. Student performance is assessed through coursework, examinations and the research 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.

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. However 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.

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 this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.

Career

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.

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


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