Language Sciences: Technology of Language and Speech MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The Language Sciences MSc programme provides an opportunity for in-depth study in one or more areas of language science. 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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£15,100
£7,550
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£37,500
£18,750
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 05 Apr 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

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 in a language science related area such as linguistics, speech sciences, English language, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4

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.

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The Language Sciences MSc programme provides an opportunity for in-depth study in one or more areas of language science. It is an umbrella degree with five 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 to develop and build upon your existing research interests, enabling you to take full advantage of the breadth of expertise in Language Sciences in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.

Who this course is for

The Language Sciences MSc offers a variety of aspects related to speech and language in its five routes relating to neuroscience, development, technology, principles/fundamentals of language and speech and sign language and deaf studies. Students will become specialists in their chosen route and complement their knowledge according to their tastes with further modules in speech, language or psychology. The modules aim at students with a background in linguistics and psychology. Modules are designed with an assumption of prior knowledge in these areas.

Many of our alumni work in interdisciplinary teams where they contribute as specialists in speech and language or are valued for their expertise in rigorous scientific working. The latter motivated and enabled some of our former students to pursue careers in entirely different fields.

The programme puts a large emphasis on the research project, which prepares students to pursue a PhD after completion. Many courses contain components with hands-on experience, such as lab or coding sessions, in which students obtain skills that are valued by industry and academia alike.

What this course will give you

The UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language. Staff and students benefit from cutting-edge resources including extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation. The Division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

The foundation of your career

The majority of students who graduate from Language Sciences MSc programmes go on to further study or research. Recent graduates have gone on to PhD study in UCL, other UK institutions and overseas institutions. Others have gone on to work in related fields such as speech therapy, education, technology and data science, and public engagement in science.

Employability

The skills that the Language Sciences MSc develops - independent research, written and oral presentation skills, and data analysis - are all transferable skills that are very highly sought outside academia.

Networking

Opportunities for students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation. The Division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching and a virtual learning environment. Some modules involve practical or lab-based workshops and larger modules will also have tutorial sessions. Some modules will give you the opportunity to complete an oral presentation or to present a critical review of a published paper, write computer programmes or analyse data in R or Python, supporting practical and transferable skills outcomes. All modules will require you to work independently to prepare and review module material, supporting intellectual, academic and research skills outcomes.

You will undertake a range of assessments including unseen-written exams; essay-based coursework; critical reviews of publications; oral and poster presentations and a research project.

Each assessment supports the programme learning outcomes by requiring you to apply and supplement knowledge gained in teaching and to apply it in a critical way. Through coursework and the research project you will gain experience in independent research and collaborative working with colleagues and academic staff.

Each 15-credit taught module has approximately 15 hours of contact time (lectures, seminars and group activity). Students are expected to supplement these contact hours via self-directed study to make a total of 150 hours work per module.

Modules

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.

See the Language Sciences MSc webpage for additional information.

The programme structure for part-time students will be dependent on the modules selected. Normally, part-time students are expected to complete at least the compulsory modules in the first year of study.

See the Language Sciences MSc webpage for additional information.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Language Sciences: Technology of Language and Speech.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £15,100 £7,550
Tuition fees (2024/25) £37,500 £18,750

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

Additional costs

Funds are available for reimbursement of expenses incurred during completion of the research project. You may be required to incur these expenses personally before being reimbursed.

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

Funding your studies

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

Next steps

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
  • Which module(s) on the route interest(s) 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

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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