Neuroscience, Language and Communication MSc
This MSc 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
- UK/EU Full-time: £9,000
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,500
- Overseas Full-time: £23,000
- Overseas Part-time: £11,600
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students develop an understanding of the theoretical disciplines underpinning the study of language and human communication and of brain and language relations, together with the ability to evaluate theories and to construct and test hypotheses in this field. They gain knowledge of experimental methodologies and design, alongside data analysis skills.
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.
Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.
Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.
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 research dissertation (60 credits).
All students undertake an independent scientific investigation into an aspect of human language or communication, which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 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:
ESRC studentships may be available for this programme. They provide up to four years full funding for postgraduate training. They cover tuition fees and include a full maintenance grant.
Scholarships available for this department
Awarded for academic merit
To reward academic merit.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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?
The programme is designed for experienced speech and language therapists and for graduates planning a career in research. Past students have come from a variety of backgrounds, including psychology, linguistics, biological sciences, education and speech and language therapy. The MSc may serve as an entry to the MPhil/PhD programme.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Neuroscience, Language and Communication at graduate level
- why you want to study Neuroscience, Language and Communication 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
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.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Mr Peter Buchanan
T: +44 (0)20 7679 4274
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"I was able to collaborate with a great international faculty as part of my research project. The collaborative efforts continue even to this day, for which I am eternally grateful to UCL."
Dr Suraj Rajan
Neurology PG Resident, University of Missouri, USA, 2012
Subject: Neurology, Faculty: Brain Sciences
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