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Affiliate/Study abroad at DCAL

The Affiliate/Study abroad programme in Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS affiliate) is a new programme at UCL, for students with an interest in the scientific study of the human mind and communication, offering them the opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary research-led environment.

Affiliate Students are based at universities outside the UK and come to UCL to study for a short time before returning to their home university. As an affiliate student, you would take the same classes as UCL undergraduates on the Psychology & Language Sciences degree and can choose to attend for the Fall Term, Spring & Summer Terms or the Full Academic Year.

Undergraduate affiliates attending UCL for a full year must take 120 credits worth of modules (usually a total of eight modules). Students attending UCL for one term of teaching - either Term 1 (Autumn term), or for both Terms 2 and 3 (Spring and Summer terms, respectively) - are expected to take modules totalling 60 credits (usually a total of four modules). 

PALS undergraduate affiliate students must take at least half of their modules from the list of PALS modules offered, available on the BSc/MSci Psychology & Language Sciences modules available to other students page.

You can study a range of modules to match your own interests or take modules in a specialist area. One of those specialist areas is Sign Language and Deaf Studies, featuring three modules taught by DCAL staff:

Sign Language and Deaf Studies

  • Deafness, Cognition and Language (Level 6 or 7, Term 1)
  • Deaf culture and identities (Level 6; Term 2)
  • Linguistics of Sign Language (Level 6; Term 2)

If attending Term 1 on the Sign Language and Deaf Studies specialism, you would choose (1) Deafness, Cognition and Language as one module, (2) a second module from the BSc/MSci Psychology & Language Sciences modules available to other students page.

And a third and fourth optional module - e.g.:

BSc/MSci Psychology & Language Sciences modules available to other students

Linguistics optional modules

Psychology optional modules

If attending Term 2 & 3 on the Sign Language and Deaf Studies specialism, you would choose (1) Linguistics of Sign Languages as one module, (2) Deaf culture and identities as your second module, and a third and fourth optional module -e.g.:

BSc/MSci Psychology & Language Sciences modules available to other students

Linguistics optional modules

Psychology optional modules

If attending a full academic year on the Sign Language and Deaf Studies specialism, you would choose: (1) Deafness, Cognition and Language (2), Linguistics of Sign Languages, (3) Deaf culture and identities, (4) a module from the BSc/MSci Psychology & Language Sciences modules available to other students page, and then four additional optional modules - e.g.

BSc/MSci Psychology & Language Sciences modules available to other students

Linguistics optional modules

Psychology optional modules

In addition, you can choose optional modules with the UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences and from other UCL departments, though note that numbers for many modules across UCL may be limited.

Prospective affiliate students should consult their home university to confirm that they can get credit for the modules taken at UCL, and may consult the affiliate tutor at UCL to ensure that modules are running and that the modules chosen are at the right level for the student's academic background.

For further information including assessment, grading, fees, and how to apply - see the main PALS Affiliate page.