Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £9,270 (FT) £4,635 (PT)
- £23,690 (FT) £11,950 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
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.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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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.
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).
- Research Methods: Principles, Skills and Applications
- Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain
- Neuroscience of Language
- Specialisation Modules
- Choose 30 credits from one of these core areas:
- 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
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.
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 relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- £500 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
- c. £2,200 but may be split between students.(1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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.
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 145 staff › 661 taught students › 457 research students
Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
"I feel networked in London and because of that I am more engaged in various professional bodies and research networks. UCL is a world leader in cognitive neuroscience and so more things are possible here with the equipment and expertise to support new developments."
Professor Rosemary VarleySubject: Doctorate in Clinical Communication Studies, Language Sciences (Linguistics with Neuroscience) MSc, Speech and Language Sciences MSc
Application and next steps
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?
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.
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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