MSc Language Sciences (with specialisation in Sign Language Studies)

MSc Language Sciences (with specialisation in Sign Language Studies)

New for the academic year 2013/14.  This programme will allow students to study Language Sciences whilst focusing their studies and research on language and cognition linked to deafness and the linguistics of sign languages.

Start date:
Sept 2013
End date:
September 2014 (full-time); September 2015 (part-time)
12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)
Tuition Fees:

UK/EU 2013/14: £8,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14: £22,250 (FT)

Programme structure
Application and entry requirement


The MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Sign Language Studies will include 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)
HCSCGH17: Langauge Disorders: Topics in Aphasia and Dementia (15 credits)
HCSCGH21:Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience (15 credits)

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Departmental Scholarships

Four departmental scholarships are available. Candidates holding an offer of admission by 1 June (for year of entry) will be considered.

It is strongly recommended that applications are submitted no later than four weeks before this deadline.

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 2013 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 2013 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:

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a language related area (such as linguistics, speech sciences, psycholology, cognitive science or a cognate discipline) from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Where necessary English language proficiency must be evidenced at the UCL "good" level, a list of accepted qualifications is available here.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. However 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.

Application Process

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit

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Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Contact name:
Pete Buchanan
Contact email:

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