Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and its role in speech/language development and communication ability
  • Auditory prostheses for speech communication and the receptive capacity of the impaired auditory system for acoustic and electrical stimulation
  • Computational methods for improving the intelligibility of speech recordings
  • Neuroimaging investigations of speech processing pathways
  • Phonetic variability in connected discourse and its impact on perception
  • Plasticity in speech perception during first and second language learning
  • Quantitative modelling of tone, intonation, and rhythm
  • Sociophonetic analyses of accent change and development.

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Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or a taught Master’s degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a subject relevant to human-computer interaction. Such subjects include Psychology, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering Design, or other cognitive or applied sciences. Applicants with other qualifications and sufficient relevant experience and background knowledge may be considered.

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: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250


ESRC funding is available for three-year MPhil/PhD scholarships and for 3+1 scholarships that include a year of Master's study.

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


Recent graduates have secured academic teaching and research positions in speech, hearing science, and phonetics at UK and international universities, and at leading companies in the speech technology industry.


Our programme is distinctive in terms of the depth and variety of approaches to speech research, which gives our graduates varied employment opportunities in teaching, research, health, and industry.


We have strong collaborative links with external research groups, clinicians, and industry, including participation in a Marie Curie training network of European speech researchers. Students are encouraged to attend and present at departmental seminars, as well as participate in international conferences and workshops.

Next steps


Mr Richard Jardine

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4754


Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences

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