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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
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.
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
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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.
Cognitive mechanisms in typical & atypical speech, language & literacy development
Speech, language & communication disorders & interventions
Conversation analysis & clinical/institutional interactions
Dysphagia, dysarthria, apraxia
ASD; deafness; bilingualism, AAC.
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: UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership and HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowships
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 & 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
"UCL is a remarkably vibrant and friendly place to work."
Professor Charles HulmeNeuroscience 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.