Graduate Studies

Graduate Teaching:We are recruiting now for these programmes:

MRes Speech, Langugage & Cognition

The MRes in Speech, Language & cognition is a one-year graduate-level taught programme that provides tailored training for students with a first degree in linguistics, speech science, psychology or related disciplines wishing to undertake future PhD research. More details>>

Research Projects

UCL Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences is internationally recognised for its excellent research into the perception and production of speech. For more details about our latest research see our webpages More>>

Speech Science Forum Talks

The Research Department of Speech, Hearning and Phonetic Sciences host Speech Science Forums in Chandler House More>>

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Summer Course in English Phonetics

Applications for 2014 are now CLOSED

Registration for 2015 is not yet open


How to apply

Step 1  

For the EFL strand, go directly to Step 2.

If you wish to apply for the IPA Examination strand, first request and complete the entrance test. Wait for the result before sending any application or payment. Then go to Step 2.

Step 2

You must send us by email a passport-type photograph of yourself (see instructions below). If you previously attended SCEP (in any year from 2008 onwards) we should already have your photograph on file. Applications cannot be processed without your photograph.
Step 3   EITHER Print and complete the Application Form provided in pdf format (download here or from side menu) including payment details on the second page, sign it and send it by mail or fax, or as a scan attached to an email. Your enrolment is then complete.

  OR Complete the online application form (coming soon). Send no payment until you receive an email directing you to go to Step 4.
Step 4   If your online application is accepted, your acceptance email will direct you to an online form to make your payment, or may ask you to send in payment details using a signed application form (automated payments may not be accepted from certain countries).



A passport-type photograph is required. A photograph you take yourself -- including one taken with your phone -- will almost certainly be acceptable.The photo should show you facing the camera, against a light plain background, with a neutral expression. We need a colour image, submitted as a jpg file as an attachment to an email. The file need not be very large. 680 x 480 pixels is sufficient. This will have a file size of only 50-100KB. Please do not send enormous files which will jam our mailbox. If your file is bigger than 1MB, something is wrong! The file name MUST be your own name, surname first, and one given name, with the parts separated by the hyphen character; for example: ashby-michael.jpg

Please mail the photo as soon as possible to, with "SCEP ID photo" in the subject field of your message.

Admissions requirements

All course members must be at least eighteen years of age and have a good working knowledge of English (you do not have to prove this to us: but the level we advise is Cambridge First Certificate Grade C or above, IELTS 6.5 or higher, TOEFL 540 or higher).

The EFL strand of the course is primarily intended for those whose mother tongue is not English, but a small number of native speakers are also admitted each year. For the IPA strand applications from native speakers of English are encouraged as well as from speakers of other languages.

Applicants for the IPA strand must already have a good knowledge of the subject, so as to have a reasonable expectation of succeeding in the examination after two weeks dedicated study. Before we accept you, we require you to take a 2 and half hour entrance test at home, without access to books or notes. You should attempt the test before applying and as early as possible (there is no charge for the test). Advice on the completion of the test is available on the website and we recommend that you study this before attempting the test. After we send you the test materials, you will have three weeks to complete and return the test. If your performance in the test indicates that you have a good chance of success in the examination after two weeks' tuition, we will accept you for the IPA strand; if not, we will invite you to join the EFL strand instead at an appropriate level of difficulty.

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