Speech, Language and Cognition MRes
This interdisciplinary MRes is aimed at applicants whose interest in language spans more than one discipline. Building on a first degree in linguistics, speech sciences, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline, students plan their own programme of study, selecting from a range of courses in several different UCL departments.
22nd September 2014
||September 2015 (full-time); September 2016 (part-time)|
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
What will I learn?
Students are introduced to academic and key skills essential for all fields of research in Speech, Language and Cognition, gain research training with relevant supervisors from the Centre for Human Communication, and are able to assess and critically appraise theoretical and applied research relevant to speech, language and cognition.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.
Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.
Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.
The degree has five main components:
PLINGM01: Research Methods and Statistics
PLINGM02: Theoretical Frameworks
PLINGM04: Research Plan
PLINGM99: Research Project
The Theoretical Frameworks module allows students to choose to attend any two modules in the first, and second term from within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences (subject to availability) and then complete two pieces of cross-disciplinary coursework based on them.
The transferable skills module is chosen from a selection offered by the UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT), the modules offered vary from year to year, but recent modules offered to students have been:
Professional Development in Practice
Exploring Postgraduate Writing
The timetable of each MRes Speech, Language and Cognition student is different, although all students attend core statistics teaching, theoretical frameworks teaching will depend on the options chosen.
Programme Director: Dr Bronwen Evans
Many members of staff from accross the division of Psychology and Language Sciences are involved in the teaching and supervision of MRes Speech, Language and Cognition students.
For the MRes in Speech, Language and Cognition, we normally require a 2.1 BA or BSc in a language-related
area such as linguistics, speech sciences, psychology, cognitive science, or a
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is aimed at students with a first degree in a language-related area, and provides excellent preparation for further research in a language-related field of study, and may form the basis of a 1+3 or 4-year PhD programme in one of the contributing departments.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Speech, Language and Cognition at graduate level
- why you want to study Speech, Language and Cognition 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
Mr Peter Buchanan
T: +44 (0)20 7679 4274
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- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £22,100
- Overseas Part-time: £11,000
Centre for Human Communication Award for Students on the MRes in Speech, Language and Cognition: One
award of £500 is available for the MRes in Speech, Language and
on behalf of the Centre for Human Communication. Candidates holding an
offer of admission to UCL for the MRes Speech, Lanuage and Communication by 1 June 2014 will be considered for this
award. It is therefore strongly recommended that applications for admission to
UCL are submitted as early as possible, and certainly no later than six weeks
before the 1 June 2014 scholarship deadline. Please note that this scholarship cannot be
held in conjunction with other funding.
For information on general scholarship opportunities,
please select the link below:
A large proportion of our students go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in academia. The MRes is excellent preparation for a PhD degree and we have been very successful at getting candidates onto funded programmes. A number of graduates have returned to clinical practice as specialised speech and language therapists, or have gone on to work as researchers. Others go on to work in other fields ranging from business to education. The skills that the MRes develops - independent research, presentation skills, statistics - are very highly sought after outside academia.