Language Sciences (with specialisation in Linguistics with Neuroscience) MSc


This specialisation is designed for students with a background in linguistics who are interested in applying their knowledge in understanding language impairments in individuals with brain damage and/or carrying out neuroscientific research on language processing, or in pursuing theoretical linguistics research using psychological science methods, such as eye-tracking and imaging.


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 set of core modules and then specialise in one of the following areas of linguistics: phonology, syntax, semantics-pragmatics. In selecting the modules 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.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), specialisation modules (30 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
  • Neuroscience of Language

Options

  • Specialisation Modules
  • Choose 30 credits from one of these core areas:
  • Phonology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics-Pragmatics

  • Optional Modules within the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
  • Select two of the following possible options:
  • Psycholinguistics: General Processing
  • Language Acquisition
  • Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties
  • Deafness: Cognition of Language
  • Language Disorders: Topics in Aphasia
  • Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience

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. Applicants should have a demonstrable background in linguistics.

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 with a background in linguistics who wish to deepen their knowledge prior to registering for a research degree in neuroscientific or theoretical linguistics. It may also appeal to individuals currently working in areas such as education, speech and language therapy, audiology and speech technology.

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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