Language Sciences (with specialisation in Neuroscience and Communication) MSc

This specialisation 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.

Mode of study

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

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £TBC
  • UK/EU Part-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Full-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Part-time: £TBC

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 have the opportunity to specialise in neuroscience and communication. 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 three core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core Modules

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


  • Specialisation modules
  • Select two of the following:
  • Introduction to Speech Sciences
  • Neurobiology of Speech Processing
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Neuroscience of Language
  • Optional modules within the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
  • Select two from all suitable postgraduate modules in the division. The following are suggestions:
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Deafness – Cognition and Language
  • Designing and Analysing an fMRI experiment
  • Developmental Disorders of Language, Learning and Cognition
  • Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Language Acquisition
  • Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties
  • Speech Processing


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 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:

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.

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 UK Bachelor's degree 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 in neuroscience, psychology, or psycho/neuro-linguistics. 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.


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.


This MSc is full of opportunities for the students to improve reading, writing and communication skills generally. These opportunities include writing essays, oral presentations, critical reading of scientific articles, and group discussion. These skills are critical for success in a wide range of jobs. Likewise, the programme will help to improve critical thinking skills through the critical evaluation of scientific research. This skill is applicable to those careers requiring problem solving. Lastly, the programme provides practical experience in conducting research, which is highly valuable to those interested in pursuing a research career.

Next steps


Mr Peter Buchanan

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4274


Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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