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.


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 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.


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.

Mandatory Modules

PALSG101: Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain

PALSG102: Research Methods - Principles, skills and applications

PALSG103: Neuroscience of Language

PALSG199: Research Project

Core Modules

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:

Phonology

 Code  Module title
 Credits
PLING211 Advanced Phonological Theory A
15
PLING213 Advanced Phonological Theory B
15

Syntax

PLING221 Intermediate Generative Grammar
15
PLING222 Current Issues in Syntax
15
PLING224
Readings in Syntax
15

 Semantics-Pragmatics

PLING103
Semantics and Pragmatics
30
PLING202 Philosophy of Language
15
PLING204 Issues in Pragmatics
15
PLING210 Semantic and Pragmatic Development
15

Option Modules

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).

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 to the linguistics with neuroscience specialisation should have a demonstrable background, and preferably a previous degree in linguistics.

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. Applicants should have a demonstrable background in linguistics.

International equivalencies

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
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

Department

Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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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

Department

Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Register your interest

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

Make an application

APPLY HERE