Open Day - 26th June 2014

Language Sciences (with specialisation in Neuroscience and Communication) MSc


This degree programme replaces MSc Neuroscience, Language & Communication from 2014/15

This specialisation provides the opportunity for in-depth study of current research of intact and impaired language processing, brain imaging technologies, neuroscientific evidence of language and speech processing, alongside training in research techniques. The programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as a training programme for MPhil/PhD study.


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 have the opportunity to specialise in neuroscience and communication. In selecting the modules for their specialisation, students will be 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 Neuroscience and Communication 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

PLING121: Introduction to Syntax

PLING399: Research Project

Core Modules

In consultation with the Programme Director, students register for two modules chosen from the following list:

HCSCGH20: Neuroscience of Language
PALSG208: Seminars in Neurolinguistics
PLINGH05: Introduction to Speech Sciences
PALSG207: Neurobiology of Speech Processing
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 listed below, these are suggestions only: choices are not limited to the modules on this list.

HCSCGH12: Speech Processing

HCSCGH22: Developmental Disorders of Language, Learning and Cognition

PLING156: Language Acquisition

HCSCGH15: Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties

HCSCGH16: Deafness - Cognition and language

HCSCGH18: Conversation Analysis

HCSCGH21: Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYCGC20: Designing and Analysing an fMRI Experiment

PALSG307: Introduction to Event-Related Potential (ERP) Technique


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 Coordinatior:

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 have a degree in a language-related area such as linguistics, speech sciences, English language, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline.

Entry requirements

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

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 who want to deepen their knowledge of language sciences prior to registering for a research degree in neuroscience, psychology, or psycho/neuro-linguistics. 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 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

Register your interest

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Make an application

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Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £TBC
  • UK/EU Part-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Full-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Part-time: £TBC

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


Open Day

A number of the undergraduate and Masters degree programmes based at Chandler House are participating in an Open Day event on 26th June 2014. A drop in session with the Programme Director of MSc Language Sciences will take place at 11am, there will also be building and library tours.

You can view the programme of events here, and register to attend below.