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MSc Language Sciences (all specialisations)Joining Instructions

Shortly before the programme begins, you will receive an email from UCL Registry and Academic services detailing the pre-enrolment process which can be completed before arrival at UCL.  This will allow you to make your official UCL enrolment as quick and easy as possible and also allows for the online payment of fees.


A Facebook group is available for students studying MSc Language Sciences and MRes Speech, Language and Cognition.  The group is intended to allow students to get to know each other before the programme begins and students have found it useful in the past.  The group is not moderated by UCL staff.

Some reading

Below is a short list of useful materials for some of the mandatory and more popular core and optional modules on the MSc Language Sciences programme.  Some of these texts might be the basis of the teaching, and others are useful background reading.  Although you might find it advantageous to look at this material before the programme begins, it is not mandatory:

PALSG101: Introduction to brain and imaging the brain:

1. The human brain a guided tour by Susan Greenfield
This popular science book provides a good introduction to the brain. If you are new to the brain, it would be helpful to read this book before the course begins.  The book is available in the Language + Speech Sciences library at UCL or can be purchased on Amazon.

2. Jamie Ward: The students guide to cognitive neuroscience.  2nd Edition Psychology Press (the first 5 chapters, chapters 11, 12, and 13 are particularly relevant).
This book will be used as a reference throughout the module. You may want to do some reading in advance.  The book is is available in the Language + Speech Sciences library at UCL or can be purchased on Amazon.

3. Gupta, K. Human brain coloring workbook.  The Princeton Review. This book can be used throughout the module to help consolidate anatomy.  It can be purchased on amazon.

PLING121: Introduction to syntax:

1. Liliane Haegeman: Thinking syntactically: a guide to argumentation and analysis (difficult but worthwhile)

2. Steve Pinker: The language instinct (accessible and good) various editions, available as a pdf online

3. Neal Smith:  The twitter machine

PALSG102: Research methods:
Recommended book: Andy Field (2013) Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics, 4th Edition. Sage:London.
The course covers chapters 1-9, 11, 13-15, 18. Chapters 1-3 are good for preparation and for setting the scene for the module.
For more book options, refer to this page.
PALSG103: Neuroscience of Language:
Coming soon

PALSG201: Deafness cognition and language:

1. Emmorey, K. (2002).  Language, cognition, and the brain: Insights from sign language research. Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates (seems very expensive.  Try to order it in public library)

PALSG203: Developmental disorders of language, learning and cognition:

1. Hulme, C. & Snowling, M. (2009)  Developmental Disorders of Language, Learning and Cognition.  Wiley-Blackwell

PALSG207: Neurobiology of Speech Processing
Neurobiology of speech processing:
1. Hickok, G., & Poeppel, D. (2007). The cortical organization of speech processing. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 8, 393-402. (difficult but a basic theoretical framework)
2. Rauschecker, J. P., & Scott, S. K. (2009). Maps and streams in the auditory cortex: nonhuman primates illuminate human speech processing. Nature Neuroscience, 12(6), 718-724. (difficult but gives an idea how animal results can inform speech science)
3. Sack, A. (2006). Transcranial magnetic stimulation, causal structure–function mapping and networks of functional relevance. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 16, 593-599. (Basic info on TMS)

PLING156: Language Acquisition:

1. O’Grady, W. (2005). How Children Learn Language (Cambridge approaches to linguistics)

More module information will be added as it becomes available

Instructions for students joining in 2014/15

Instructions for part-time students returning in 2014/15

Instructions for full-time and part-time students joining in 2014/15

Congratulations for being accepted on the Programme of MSc Language Sciences. We very much hope that you’ll enjoy your studies at UCL. In order to familiarise you with the Programme and the facilities available to you during your study, we will be pleased to welcome you to Chandler House, Room G10 at 11.00 am on Wednesday 24th September 2014.

A link for a map of the area is available here.

Your enrolment with UCL Registry and Academic Services will be scheduled to take place on the main UCL campus once you have completed pre-enrolment.  If you are unable to enrol at this time you should do so in advance of this date, see the enrolment website for more details.

A timetable of induction events for MSc Language Sciences students is available here.  This timetable of events will be updated as more sessions are advertised, so check back regularly to make sure you don't miss anything.

A welcome party with drinks and light food will be held in Chandler House at 5pm on Wednesday 24th September 2014.

Timetables for all modules will become available in August on the UCL Timetable website:

Instructions for part-time students returning in 2014/15

Returning part-time MSc Language Sciences and MSc Neuroscience, Language and Communication students are asked to notify Pete of their intended module selection for the coming year before Monday 22nd September 2014.

Part-time students should note especially that there has been a large scale re-coding of modules, so many HCSCGH** and PLING*** modules are now PALSG*** modules.

In the first two weeks of term students will meet with the Programme Director to discuss projects and option modules.  Option module teaching will start in the week of 29th September.

A welcome party with drinks and light food will be held in the central atrium of Chandler House at 5pm on Wednesday 24th September 2014. You are welcome to come along if you would like to meet the new students

Timetables for all modules will become available in August on the UCL Timetable website: