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Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences MPhil/PhD

SHaPS is an international leader in the study of the perception and production of speech. Our graduates work in academia, industry, and the health and public sectors. We enjoy links to researchers around the world, as well as cooperation with major cochlear implant manufacturers and speech technology companies.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
30 June 2015
Scholarship applicants:
31 January 2014

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Overview

Students carry out basic research within varied perspectives (phonetics, hearing, perception, neuroimaging, development, experimental psychology, speech technology and speech production), as well as translational research addressing hearing impairment, atypical perceptual and cognitive development, and language training technologies. The department use both behavioural and neuroimaging approaches for speech perception and hearing research and 'acoustic analysis' as an approach for speech production research.

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
  • EEG, TMS and fMRI investigations of speech perception, production and hearing
  • 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
  • Development of speech perception in infancy and childhood

Funding

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

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

Networking

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

SHaPS focuses on speech research within an interdisciplinary context, with strong links to UCL Linguistics, Language and Communication, Developmental Science, Experimental Psychology, the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, and the UCL Ear Institute, as well as international and industrial collaborations. The department shares a newly refurbished building and state-of-the-art laboratories, including facilities for adult and infant EEG, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and eye tracking.

Student / staff ratios › 9 staff › 0 taught students › 18 research students

Department: Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences

Degree reviews

Staff review

"The environment at UCL for research in my field (neuroscience) is unparalleled. Across UCL, there is not only tremendous breadth in neuroscience (molecular, cellular, systems, cognitive, computational), but also amazing depth. UCL's neuroscience community is so large and so diverse that even after 10 years at UCL I am still discovering colleagues here whose work is somehow directly relevant to my own."

Dr Jennifer Linden

Subject: I supervise PhD and MSc students from the Ear Institute and also from the departments of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences; and the Institute of Ophthalmology. I also teach topics related to hearing on MSc and BSc modules in many of these departments.

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-06-30
Scholarship applicants
2014-01-31
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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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