Language Sciences (with specialisation in Language Development) MSc


The combined specialisation in Language Development provides a thorough multi-disciplinary introduction to modern knowledge and current research in the inter-related aspects of human spoken communication. It prepares students from different backgrounds for work in the rapidly developing fields of language development research, and their technological applications.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,000
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000
  • Overseas Part-time: £11,600

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students take a core set of modules and then have the opportunity to specialise in language development. In selecting the modules for their specialisation, students will be 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.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), three specialisation 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

Options

  • Specialisation Modules
  • Select three of the following:
  • Language Acquisition
  • Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Disorders of Language and Cognition
  • Semantic and Pragmatic Development
  • Development of Speech Perception and Production

  • Optional Modules within the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
  • Select two of the following options:
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Deafness, Cognition and Language
  • Speech Processing
  • Neuroscience of Language
  • Foundations of Linguistics
  • Phonetic Theory
  • Issues in Pragmatics
  • Current Issues in Syntax
  • Stuttering
  • Second Language Speech Learning
  • Suitable option module from other departments

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:


Funding

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.

Scholarships available for this department

Sully Scholarship

For current students in their final year of a research programme in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This award is based on academic merit. Students must contact the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences for application information.

Linguistics Departmental Award

Awarded for academic merit

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

To reward academic merit.

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme. Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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 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.


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.


Next steps

Contact

Mr Peter Buchanan

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4274

Department

Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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