UCL Graduate degrees


Language and Cognition MPhil/PhD

We offer a world-leading research environment aimed at understanding human communication, speech, language and cognition. Students have the opportunity to study within a unique interdisciplinary group of experimental psychologists, linguists, speech and language therapists and NHS-based clinicians. Our graduates have an excellent record of employment.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
£26,680 (FT)
£13,350 (PT)

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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

International students

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

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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We are at the forefront of research in human speech, language and communication investigating core issues in the development of spoken and written language, the cognitive bases of language in children and adults, the interrelationship of language with other cognitive systems. We also focus on impairments of language and communication across the lifespan and on clinical interventions.

Research areas

  • Cognitive mechanisms in typical and atypical speech, language and literacy development
  • Speech, language and communication disorders and interventions
  • Conversation analysis and clinical/institutional interactions
  • Dysphagia, dysarthria and apraxia
  • ASD, deafness, bilingualism, AAC
More information can be found on the department website: Language and Cognition MPhil/PhD

About this degree

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Applications for UCL competitive funding must arrive by late December/early January for entry in September/October the following year. See Graduate Research (GRS) and Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS).

You are strongly advised to contact and work with your potential supervisor when completing your application for funding.

See also:

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

UK rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Postgraduate students use the skills they have acquired during their PhD training to follow a number of different career pathways. Many continue in academia as postdoctoral researchers and eventually full-time academics; others continue training or practising in related fields such as speech and language therapy or clinical and educational psychology.


UCL Language and Cognition is a highly rated and regarded research environment. Recent graduates have typically been offered employment in the UK and internationally in academic posts, postdoctoral research, health services and third sector (voluntary) organisations, see our programme webpage for career destinations and testimonials.


Students access multi-tiered networking opportunities. We maintain strong links between researchers across UCL in psychology and language sciences and with specialist speech and language therapy clinicians through the Centre for Speech and Language Intervention Research and the on-site UCL Communication Clinic. Students have opportunities to meet with international scholars visiting UCL, to present their work at our annual departmental PhD Student Conference and they are encouraged to attend and to present their findings at national and international conferences, with support from departmental and UCL Doctoral School funding.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL provides an outstanding research environment in which to study for an MPhil/PhD. There are links to other research departments and specialist centres throughout the UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences, providing the potential for collaboration with experts from related fields. The division provides access to a range of resources including EEG, fMRI, TMS and eye-tracking equipment.

We also have close links with Great Ormond Street Hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and University College London Hospital.  Our Centre for Speech and Language Intervention Research brings together experts in speech, language and communication research, and promotes collaborations with practising speech and language therapists.

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

What our students and staff say

Staff review

"UCL is a remarkably vibrant and friendly place to work."

Professor Charles Hulme

Neuroscience and Language MSc, PhD, Language and Cognition MPhil/PhD
Professor of Psychology

Application and next steps


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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 July 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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