Language Sciences (with specialisation in Linguistics with Neuroscience) MSc
This specialisation is designed for students with a background in linguistics who are interested in applying their knowledge in understanding language impairments in individuals with brain damage and/or carrying out neuroscientific research on language processing, or in pursuing theoretical linguistics research using psychological science methods, such as eye-tracking and imaging.
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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 one of the following areas of linguistics: phonology, syntax, semantics-pragmatics. 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.
The MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in
Linguistics with Neuroscience includes mandatory modules, core modules
and optional modules. It is designed to cater for students with a
background in linguistics, who are interested
(i) in applying their knowledge in understanding language impairments in individuals with brain damage and/or in carrying out neuroscientific research (fMRI, ERP, TMS, MEG) on language processing,or
(ii) in pursuing theoretical linguistics research using the methods of the psychological sciences, such as eye-tracking and other behavioural methods, and imaging (ERP, fMRI, TMS, MEG).
All students of MSc in Language Sciences will follow the mandatory modules. Students of Linguistics with Neuroscience will specialise in one of the following areas of linguistics: Phonology, Syntax, Semantics-Pragmatics. They will take two theoretical modules in their chosen area as core modules. Finally, students can choose two modules from a selection of option modules which will allow them to further explore experimental research that is relevant to their chosen area.
PALSG101: Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain
PALSG102: Research Methods - Principles, skills and applications
PALSG103: Neuroscience of Language
PALSG199: Research Project
Students register for 30 credits in their chosen area of
linguistics, in consultation with the Programme Director, based on their
linguistics background and interests. Options include the following:
Advanced Phonological Theory A
Advanced Phonological Theory B
Intermediate Generative Grammar
Current Issues in Syntax
Readings in Syntax
Semantics and Pragmatics
Philosophy of Language
Issues in Pragmatics
Semantic and Pragmatic Development
Finally, students register for two modules from all those offered within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, subject to availability and agreement with the Programme Director. A list of possible options is indicated below, these are suggestions only: choices are not limited to the modules on this list.
PALSG201: Deafness - Cognition and language
PALSG202: Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience
PALSG208: Seminars in Neurolinguistics
PALSG302: Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties
PLING156: Language Acquisition
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).
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.
Programme Director: Professor Valerie Hazan Each specialisation of the programme has it's own Strand Coordinator:
- Language Development - Professor Valerie Hazan
- Linguistics with Neuroscience - Dr Andrea Santi
- Neuroscience and Communication - Dr Andrea Santi
- Sign Language Studies - Dr Kearsy Cormier
- Speech and Hearing Sciences - Dr Yi Xu
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
Applicants to the linguistics with neuroscience specialisation should
have a demonstrable background, and preferably a previous degree in linguistics.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants should have a demonstrable background in linguistics.
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?
This programme is designed for students with a background in linguistics who wish to deepen their knowledge prior to registering for a research degree in neuroscientific or theoretical linguistics. It may also appeal to individuals currently working in areas such as education, speech and language therapy, audiology and speech technology.
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 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: £9,000
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,500
- Overseas Full-time: £23,000
- Overseas Part-time: £11,600
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.
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