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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 2013/14:

£8,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (FT)

ESRC studentships may be available for this programme. They provide up to four years full funding for postgraduate training. They cover tuition fees and include a full maintenance grant.

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. 

Neuroscience, Language and Communication MSc

This MSc provides the opportunity for in-depth study of current research of intact and impaired language processing, brain imaging technologies, neuroscientific evidence of language and speech processing, alongside training in research techniques. The programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as a training programme for MPhil/PhD study.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop an understanding of the theoretical disciplines underpinning the study of language and human communication and of brain and language relations, together with the ability to evaluate theories and to construct and test hypotheses in this field. They gain knowledge of experimental methodologies and design, alongside data analysis skills.

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.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

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 including numerous 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 (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain
  • Research Methods: Principles, Skills and Applications
  • Syntax


  • Speech Processing
  • Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Disorders of Language and Cognition
  • Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties
  • Deafness, Cognition and Language
  • Language Disorders: Topics in Aphasia and Dementia
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Language Acquisition
  • Neuroscience of Language


All students undertake an independent scientific investigation into an aspect of human language or communication, which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided practice and project work. Students are assessed through unseen examination, take home examination, essays and the research project.

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. 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 designed for experienced speech and language therapists and for graduates planning a career in research. Past students have come from a variety of backgrounds, including psychology, linguistics, biological sciences, education and speech and language therapy. The MSc may serve as an entry to the MPhil/PhD programme.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Neuroscience, Language and Communication at graduate level
  • why you want to study Neuroscience, Language and Communication 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.


Many students on the programme will go on to pursue PhDs and research careers in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology of language. The programme also provides a basis for the application of this research in applied settings and in teaching. Other students have been successful in obtaining Assistant Psychologist positions, with a view to gaining entry onto a clinical training programme.

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