Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre


MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Sign Language and Deaf Studies

Now accepting applications for 2019 entry

The MSc in Language Sciences is an umbrella degree in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences that provides students with an opportunity for the in-depth study of one or more areas of the Language Sciences.

DCAL offers a specialisation in Sign Language and Deaf Studies under the MSc in Language Sciences. This programme allows students to study Language Sciences at master's level at UCL, with a focus on language and cognition linked to deafness and the linguistics of sign languages. Other strands on this degree include language development; linguistics with neuroscience; neuroscience and communication; and speech and hearing sciences.

Language Science students specialising in Sign Language and Deaf studies take a set of core modules and complete a related research project. They also chose optional modules from across Psychology and Language Sciences.

Core modules include: Linguistics of Sign Languages; Deafness, Cognition and Language; Introduction to Deafhood; and (for students without signing experience) an introductory course in British Sign Language. Core modules are taught by Deaf and hearing experts in the field, including Prof. Bencie Woll, Dr. Robert Adam, Dr. Katherine Rowley, Dr. Kearsy Cormier, and Dr. Mairéad MacSweeney, world leaders in sign linguistics, sociolinguistics, psychology and neuroscience of deafness at DCAL.

Optional modules cover areas such as: linguistic theory and structure; language development; language disorders; and interpreting, among many others.

Students on the MSc undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two mandatory modules (45 credits), three specialisation modules (45 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Plans are underway to offer a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) consisting of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits), and a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)..

Options include: full time (1 year) or part-time (2 years).

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a language-related area such as deaf studies, linguistics, speech sciences, English language, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline. Those who do not meet these requirements can be considered on a case-by-case basis (usually via professional qualifications or professional and/or research experience in a relevant field). For more information including international equivalences and English language requirements, see here (click on Application).

Funding: The Philological Society offers a limited number of £4000 bursaries for students embarking on a taught postgraduate programme in the areas of linguistics or philology. The deadline for applications is usually end of April.

Additionally, four departmental scholarships of £2400 will be available from UCL 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 will be considered for these awards for that year. 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 scholarship deadline. Note that all candidates who hold an offer of admission to UCL for the MSc Language Sciences by 1 June will be considered for this scholarship: No separate application is needed.

If you have questions about the MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Sign Language and Deaf Studies contact Dr. Kearsy Cormier (k.cormier@ucl.ac.uk) at DCAL, or Pete Buchanan (p.buchanan@ucl.ac.uk) in Language Sciences.

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