25 September 2023
Modes and duration
The programme runs over the course of 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time).
Tuition Fees (2022/23)
- £14,100 (FT) £7,050 (PT)
- £35,000 (FT) £17,500 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. See the UCL Current Students website for more information.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree 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.
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: Level 4
For applicants assessed by IETS, this will mean an overall score of at least 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. Information on other accepted qualifications can be found on our English language requirements page.
MSc Language Sciences provides an opportunity for in-depth study in one or more areas of the language sciences. It is an umbrella degree with four separate specialised routes. Each route follows a common structure, enabling students to tailor the degree to their own interests.
All students take a core set of modules, forming a basis from which to study and undertake research in diverse areas of language science. You will then tailor the degree to your own interests through choosing specialised modules, developing and building upon your existing research interests.
As a student on the MSc Language Sciences you’ll join a group of talented individuals from around the world, and a department and Division which is virtually unmatched in the world in terms of its breadth of expertise in teaching and research across the language sciences. You’ll also benefit from access to state-of-the-art research facilities and an active research culture; students are very much encouraged to attend research seminars and reading groups as part of their studies.
In 2023/24 MSc Language Sciences will be offered with five routes:
Technology of Language and Speech
The Technology of Language and Speech route explores computational methods and practices involved in uncovering underlying patterns in language and speech data, as well as providing a theoretical underpinning for why these patterns might exist and how they relate to human language use. Throughout your studies, you'll learn a range of computational methods, from the fundamentals of programming for speech analysis, to deep learning approaches for analysing language data, as well as the physiological and theoretical cornerstones of speech production and perception, which help inform and guide computational approaches.
The Principles of Language and Speech route explores the fundamental theories and methods behind the science of spoken language, in order to understand how we perceive and produce speech, how we tailor our speech for others, and how we acquire the sounds of our language(s). Throughout your studies, the emphasis is on developing research skills alongside theoretical knowledge: you’ll have the opportunity to learn about and use specialist methods, including acoustic analysis, behavioural experiments, EEG, ultrasound, and computational modelling.
Development of Language and Speech
The Development of Language and Speech route explores how humans acquire one of the fundamental yet most complex skills that is a hallmark of our species – the ability to communicate through language. Throughout your studies, you'll learn about different aspects of first language acquisition (syntax, semantics & pragmatics, speech perception & production), how we acquire a second language, and how to study language development in typical and atypical (e.g., dyslexic, autistic) populations.
Neuroscience of Language and Speech
The Neuroscience of Language and Speech route explores the neural mechanisms involved in speech production, speech perception, and language processing. Throughout your studies, you'll learn about a broad range of topics, including neurophysiological approaches to the study of speech (fMRI, EEG, and TMS) and computational modelling techniques. You'll also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of collecting and analysing neurological data related to language and speech.
Sign Language & Deaf Studies
Study language, cognition and the brain from the unique perspective of deafness and deaf communication. This pathway is unique amongst existing Masters degrees in including components in the psychology, linguistics and neuroscience of deafness and sign language, and is taught by staff at the world-leading Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre.
Programme Director: Dr Chris Carignan
The programme director has overall responsibility for the programme, it's students and teaching.
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: Rebecca Holmes
The majority of students who graduate from MSc Language Sciences programmes go on to further study or research. Recent graduates have gone on to PhD study in UCL, other UK institutions and prestigious overseas universities. Other students have gone on to diverse roles related to Language Sciences such as audiology, education and speech and hearing technology.
Many students, especially studying Neuroscience of Language and Speech will already be working as Speech and Language Therapists and see MSc Language Sciences as an opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a specific area and gain research skills.
We also have a number of students who see the value of having a postgraduate degree when looking for employment and want to study something they find interesting, while not necessarily related to their field of work.
UCL provides advice, guidance and workshops on Careers and Employability through its Careers service.
UCL SHaPS Excellence Bursary
The bursary is for one talented home student who will start studying the MSc Language Sciences in the academic year 2023/24 and worth £2,000.
You can find more information on our the following wepage:
Postgraduate loan for master's degrees (UK/EU students)
Eligible Students starting a postgraduate degree can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with programme fees and living costs.
You can find more information on the UK Government website:
For information on general scholarship opportunities, please select the link below:
You 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.
Who can apply?
This programme is designed for students with a background in a related discipline who wish to deepen their knowledge of language sciences. The degree is ideal preparation for those interested in applying for a research degree in language development/speech sciences/neuroscience (delete as applicable), linguistics or a related discipline and will also appeal to individuals currently working in areas such as education, speech and language therapy, audiology and speech technology.
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 or Cognitive Science. We also warmly welcome applications from those with degrees in a cognate discipline such as Computational Science.
Your application will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of your degree and degree institution; the quality of your references; your relevant skills and experience; the quality of your personal statement and the suitability of your career plans.
What to include in your personal statement:
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.
When we assess your personal statement, we would like to learn:
• why you want to study Language Sciences at graduate level,
• why you want to study Language Sciences at UCL,
• why you have applied to your chosen route (Technology of Language and Speech, Principles of Language and Speech, Development of Language and Speech, Neuroscience of Language and Speech
or Sign Language & Deaf Studies),
• which module(s) on the route interest you most and why,
• if there is a particular research area, research question, or research project you would like to work on; if there is a specific staff member you would like to work with, we encourage you to include this,
• how your academic and professional background have prepared you for the programme,
• how studying for the MSc will enable you to meet your short- and long-term career goals.
Virtual Information Event
Please join us for our next virtual information event on March 2nd 2023 (6pm UK time). Please register your interest here: MSc Language Sciences Virtual Information Event
This event is a fantastic opportunity to hear from our programme leadership team about the Language Sciences MSc programme at the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Our virtual event is a great opportunity to learn more about studying at UCL and get a sense of what being part of our community is like. You will have an opportunity to ask us questions as well.
This webinar will be delivered via Zoom.
The deadline for all applications (Overseas and Home status) is March 31st 2023.
For more information see our Applications page.
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