Language Sciences (with specialisation in Sign Language Studies) MSc


This specialisation in Sign Language Studies is unique amongst existing Master’s degrees in including components in the psychology and linguistics and neuroscience of deafness and sign language, taught by staff at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre. A new module on British Sign Language is also included.


Start date:
22nd September 2014
End date:
September 2015 (full-time); September 2016 (part-time)

Content


The MSc in Language Sciences will provide students with an opportunity for an in-depth study of one or more areas of the Language Sciences. The MSc in Language Sciences is an ‘umbrella degree’, with a number of specialisation strands that follow a common structure. All students on the programme will take a core set of modules but they will then have an opportunity to specialise in one specific area of the language sciences, such as language development or speech and hearing sciences, which is most tailored to their interest. In selecting the modules for their specialisation, students will be able to takes full advantage of the breadth of expertise in language research in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.

This programme is designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of one or more areas of the language sciences prior to registering for a research degree and will also be appropriate for individuals currently working in areas such as education, speech and language therapy, audiology, speech technology, who want to deepen their knowledge of the language sciences.

What will I learn?

Students take a set of core modules and then specialise in linguistics, psychology of language, and/or interpreting. 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.

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. 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.


Structure

The MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Sign Language Studies includes mandatory modules, core modules and optional modules. 

Mandatory Modules

HCSCGH10: Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain
HCSCGH11: Research Methods - Principles, skills and applications
PLING399: Research Project

Core Modules

In addition, in consultation with the Programme Director, students register for Core Modules up to 45 credits. Students who have BSL CACDP level 1 or equivalent should choose 45 credits from optional modules (below) instead of 30.

CODETBC: BSL Level 1 (15 credits)
HCSCGH16: Deafness - Cognition and Language (15 credits)
PLING151: Linguistics of Sign Languages (15 credits)

Optional Modules

Finally, students register for 30 credits from the modules below, or other suitable modules from other departments at UCL (Students who have BSL CACDP level 1 or equivalent should choose 45 credits)

PLING113: Phonetcs and Phonology (30 credits)
PLING121: Introduction to Syntax (15 credits)
PLING156: Language Acquisition
PLING198: Foundations of Linguistics
PLING201: Pragmatic Theory (15 credits)
PLING210: Semantic-Pragmatic Development (15 credits)
CLITG008: Interaction and Language Management of Interpreting (15 credits)
CLITG009: The Historical and Social Context of Interpreting (15 credits)
HCSCGH21:Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience (15 credits)
Not all modules will run every year.

Final research project submissions are in August, meaning that the programme runs over the course of 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time).

Timetable
You can view the timetable for the current academic year at www.ucl.ac.uk/timetable. Click on "degree programme", enter "Language Sciences"; select the specialisation from the dropdown menu; and click on "Show Timetable". You will now see all classes for all obligatory modules for the whole year. You can click on "Change Display" at the top left to see classes for Term 1 and Term 2 separately.

Staff

Programme Director: Professor Valerie Hazan

Each specialisation of the programme has it's own Strand Coordinator:

The flexibility of the programme means that modules are taught by academic staff drawn from across the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences.

In addition, we can call on the support of visiting lecturers, Teaching Fellows and Postgraduate Teaching Assistants.

Teaching Administrator: Pete Buchanan

Application

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in a language-related area such as linguistics, speech sciences, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline from a UK institution or equivalent overseas qualification.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level:

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?

This programme is designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of language sciences prior to registering for a research degree. It is also appropriate for individuals currently working in education, speech and language therapy, audiology, and speech technology, who wish to extend their knowledge of this field.

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 this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Next steps

Contact

Mr Peter Buchanan

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4274

W: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Apply

APPLY HERE

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Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,000
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000
  • Overseas Part-time: £11,600

Funding

Four departmental scholarships of £2400 will be available for students applying for the MSc in Language Sciences. Candidates holding an offer of admission to UCL for the MSc Language Sciences by 1 June 2014 will be considered for these awards. 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. These scholarships will be primarily awarded on the basis of academic merit rather than according to financial need. Successful applicants will be students with outstanding academic potential and will have achieved excellent results in the qualifications already obtained. Please note that these scholarships cannot be held in conjunction with other funding.

UCL Scholarships

For information on general scholarship opportunities, please select the link below:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate

Contact

Next steps

Contact

Mr Peter Buchanan

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4274

W: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Apply

APPLY HERE

Register your interest

Register your interest to keep up to date with news from UCL and receive personalised email alerts.