UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


MRes Speech, Language and Cognition


Key Information

Programme starts

26 September 2022

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

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).

Tuition Fees (2022/23)
£11,860 (FT) £6,005 (PT)
£30,270 (FT) £15,190 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 18 October 2021
Close: 31 March 2022

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

Country-specific information, including details of international equivalence and when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

This interdisciplinary MRes provides and opportunity for those whose interest in language spans more than one discipline to investigate human language and communication through research. You will build on a relevant undergraduate degree in linguistics, speech sciences, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline to plan your own programme of study around your existing research interests.  The focus of the programme is the research project and proposal which will form a foundation for further research, such as a PhD.
Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.


You will complete 180 UCL credits over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) with the Research Project your principle focus over the majority of the year.  You will undertake two core taught modules Fundamental Statistics: Statistical and Causal Reasoning and Research Methods: Principles, Skills and Applications. You will also complete a module in Theoretical Frameworks where you will choose four taught modules and form your own cross-disciplinary coursework examining aspects of the modules you choose.

PSYC0223 Fundamental Statistics: Statistical and Causal Reasoning (15 Credits, Term 1)
This course introduces statistics for analysing the results of psychological experiments and observational studies. The course covers different types of data and how to describe them, the principles underlying null hypothesis significance testing, and common tests and analyses, including ANOVA, correlation, regression and the general linear model. The course will focus on how to decide on the suitable analysis for a given problem, and how to evaluate the appropriateness of a statistical model and its underlying assumptions. Emphasis is placed on a conceptual understanding of statistical methods, and in most cases definition rather than computational formula are presented. Practical experience in applying the methods will be developed through exercises in Microsoft Excel and with the statistics package SPSS.

PALS0048: Research Methods - Principles, Skills and Applications (15 credits, Term 2)
This module will introduce you to basic principles of research design and statistical analysis, give training in use of statistical software and examine the applications of these methods in the research literature on typical and atypical language and communication.
This module will provide students with both more advanced tools for data manipulation and plotting, and further training in more advanced statistical procedures. The first half of the term will focus on so-called 'data wrangling' and the production of high-quality data plots, using the open-source software package R. In the second half of the term, you will learn how to use R to do the basic statistical tests you have already learned about in the first term more flexibly, as well as develop expertise in more advanced techniques, with an emphasis on so-called mixed effects models and regression.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who have already reached an intermediate or advanced level of statistics prior to entry to the programme should contact pals.langsci@ucl.ac.uk to discuss the selection of an alternative Term 1 module at a more advanced level.  (PALS0049 Intermediate statistics: Data analysis visualisation with R or PSYC0146 Advanced statistics: Data analysis and modelling with R). An additional discipline-specific optional module in Term 2 can then be chosen. These changes will only be allowed when students demonstrate to have the requisite knowledge, and with consultation and approval of the Programme Leader.

PALS0034: Theoretical Frameworks (30 credits)
In the Theoretical Frameworks module you will choose and follow teaching from a total of four modules and complete two cross-disciplinary essays examining aspects from two modules each term. The modules should be in the field of speech, language and cognition and should be selected from the range of modules with a PLIN or PALS module code offered by the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.

Modules should be chosen to be from at least two of the following fields of study:

•    Phonetics and Phonology
•    Syntax and Morphology
•    Semantics and Pragmatics
•    Language Development
•    Language Processing and Pathology
•    Cognition and Communication
•    Neurobiology of Language
•    Theory Construction and Modelling

There is no set list for these modules and, in consultation with the Programme Director, students will choose modules from those offered which complement their intended research.

Research Skills/Personal Development (15 credits)
You will complete one of the following modules focusing on research skills or personal development.
•    PALS0004 Conversation Analysis
•    PSYC0073 Designing fMRI experiments
•    HCSC0003 Research in Practice

PALS0036: Research Project
You will undertake an independent research project on an aspect of speech, language and cognition which culminates in a dissertation expected to be approximately 15,000 words. Further guidance can be found here.


Programme Director: Dr Bronwen Evans
Programme Administrator: Miss Rebecca Holmes

Many members of staff from across the division of Psychology and Language Sciences are involved in the teaching and supervision of MRes Speech, Language and Cognition students.


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.

Applicants are not asked to provide a research proposal, although if you have specific research interests you should take the opportunity to let us know in your personal statement.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at students with a first degree in a language-related area, and provides excellent preparation for further research in a language-related field of study, and may form the basis of a 1+3 or 4-year PhD programme in one of the contributing departments. Successful applicants will normally hold, or be progressing towards, 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 linguistics, speech sciences, English language, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline.

Virtual Open Day
Our virtual open day will be held on 4th March 2022 11am -1pm GMT. Please join us to learn about the MRes Speech, Language & Cognition programme and the MSc Language Sciences programme at UCL. Meet the directors and ask any questions you may have about these programmes and life as a UCL postgraduate student.  Click here to register


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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Speech, Language and Cognition at graduate level
  • why you want to study Speech, Language and Cognition 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.

Fees and Funding
Postgraduate loan for master's degrees (UK/EU students)

Eligible Students starting a postgraduate degree can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 to help with programme fees and living costs.
You can find more information on the UK Government website:

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One of our recent students was recently "Highly Commended" in the Faculty of Brain Sciences Video Competition, students were invited to produce a two-minute video based on research they conducted as part of their Research Project.

A large proportion of our students go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in academia. The MRes is excellent preparation for a PhD degree and we have been very successful at getting candidates on to funded programmes. A number of graduates have returned to clinical practice as specialised speech and language therapists, or have gone on to work as researchers. Others go on to work in other fields ranging from business to education. The skills that the MRes develops – independent research, presentation skills, and statistics – are very highly sought after outside academia.
Recent career destinations for this degree
  • Speech And Language Learning Therapist, Whittington Health NHS
  • PhD in Education, University of Oxford
  • PhD in Psychology, University of Nottingham
  • PhD in Speech, Language and Cognition, UCL
  • Researcher, University of Cambridge and studying PhD Autism, University of Cambridge

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.


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