Language and Communication MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Acquired disorders of speech, language, cognition and communication
  • Acquired swallowing disorders
  • Conversation analysis
  • Language, health and disability
  • Language of the typically ageing population
  • Reflective practice in speech and language therapy training.
The research department has close links with two virtual centres that bring together experts in speech, language and communication research, and promote collaborations with practising speech and language therapists: the Centre for Applied Interaction Research and the Centre for Speech and Language Intervention Research. We also maintain close links with other UCL academic units including: Developmental Science; Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences; Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences; Linguistics, and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject.

English level expected: Good


  • All applicants: 30 June 2014
  • Scholarship applicants: 31 January 2014
Applications for competitive funding awarded by UCL must arrive by 31 January in the year you wish to start. If other sources of funding are being considered, it is still in your interest to apply by the 31 January deadline, but later applications can sometimes be considered. Applications should be made as soon as possible, and not later than 30 June for entry in September/October.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450

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


Graduates pursue careers in academic research, applied health research and advanced clinical practice and leadership.


UCL Language & Communication is a highly rated and regarded research environment. Recent graduates from both the PhD and DCCS programmes have typically been offered employment in the UK and internationally in academic posts, postdoctoral research, health services and third sector (voluntary) organisations.


Students within Language and Communication access multi-tiered networking opportunities. We maintain strong links between researchers in speech and language therapy, psychology and linguistics and specialist clinicians working in the field through the Centre for Speech and Language Intervention Research. As well as meetings with international scholars visiting UCL, students are encouraged to attend and to present their findings at national and international conferences, with support from departmental and UCL Graduate School funding.

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Mrs Natalie Berry

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