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MPhil/PhD Language and Communication

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Information about Research in Language and Communication Research Department:

The department's focus is on both applied and basic research into language and communication impairment and disability. It has a strong commitment to practitioners, qualitative methods in communication research, dysphagia research, and the development and evaluation of novel methods for speech and language therapy and assessment.

  • UCL Language and Communication supports one of the largest university speech and language therapy programmes in the UK.
  • We explore the nature, causes and treatment of adult communication disorders. Our research draws on knowledge and methods from many disciplines, including: linguistics, sociology, medical sciences and cognitive neuropsychology.
  • Applied research is funded by the ESRC, the Department of Health, and voluntary organisations such as Leonard Cheshire Disability and The Stroke Association.
  • We maintain close links with other UCL academic units including: Developmental Science; Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences; Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences; Linguistics, and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.


General Information about Studying for an MPhil/PhD in our Department:

Full-time: 3 years, including the time registered as an MPhil student, and if the thesis is not submitted within this time then students may register as Completing Research Students for 1 additional year.

Part time: 5 years, including the time registered as an MPhil student, and if the thesis is not submitted within this time then students may register as Completing Research Students for 2 additional years.


A full list of staff (and their research interests) can be found online at:

Research Topics

Research Topics within the Department of Language and Communication
Suzanne Beeke
Turn construction in the conversations of people with Broca's aphasia
Self monitoring and repair in the conversations of people with Wernicke's aphasia
Conversation-based interventions for aphasia and cognitive communication disorder
Executive function and conversational strategy use in aphasia
The conversations of older people
Steven Bloch
Conversation analysis in applied health and social care settings
Motor speech disorders and augmentative and alternative communication use in everyday interaction/conversation: description, assessment and intervention.
Examining interactions between health care professionals and patients
Communication disability training in health and social care settings
Jane Maxim
Conversation analysis intervention for people with aphasia
Evaluating communication training for care workers
Speech and language processing in normal and abnormal populations
Carol Sachett
Total communication in aphasia - assessment, intervention, everyday use
Access to information for people with aphasia
Practice-based learning for healthcare students
Christina Smith
Normal swallow physiology
Oropharyngeal dysphagia especially assessments and interventions in adults
Motor speech disorders and their rehabilitation
Rosemary Varley
Language & Thought: evidence from severe aphasia
Usage-based approaches to lexicon & syntax
Segmental & non-segmental models of speech encoding
Neuroscience-motivated interventions for aphasia and apraxia of speech


Language and Communication Careers

Graduates pursue careers in academic research, applied health research and advanced clinical practice and leadership.


Scholarship Opportunities

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found here

Admin contacts

PhD Administrator: Richard Jardine