This interdisciplinary MRes is aimed at applicants whose interest in language spans more than one discipline. Building on a first degree in linguistics, speech sciences, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline, students plan their own programme of study, selecting from a range of modules in several different UCL departments.
Modes and duration
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 (2021/22)
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Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree 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
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.
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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About this degree
Students are introduced to academic and key skills essential for all fields of research in speech, language and cognition, gain research training with relevant supervisors from the UCL Centre for Human Communication, and are able to assess and critically appraise theoretical and applied research relevant to speech, language and cognition.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), four options (30 credits), a research project (105 credits) and plan (15 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MRes in Speech, Language and Cognition.
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 is subject to change.
- Foundation Course in Research
- Research Methods
- Theoretical Frameworks
- Research Plan
Within the Theoretical Frameworks module you will choose and follow teaching from a total of four modules across the Division of Psychology and complete two cross-disciplinary projects examining aspects from two modules each term. These modules are chosen from at least two of the following fields of study:
- Auditory Processing
- Speech Processing: Perception and Production
- 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
These are areas of study and not specific modules, there is no set list for these modules and you will choose modules which complement your intended research area in consultation with the Programme Director.
All students undertake an independent research project on an aspect of speech, language and cognition which culminates in a research plan of 3,000–6,000 words and a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of small group teaching, seminars, student-led research tutorials, self-study materials, supervised laboratory placement, lectures and computer-based practical classes. It is largely assessed by coursework, with only the statistics component being assessed by exam. The research project is assessed by dissertation.
Data collection for some Research Projects may involve contact with children or vulnerable adults. A Discolure and Barring (DBS) check may be required for these projects. As a student you will not incur the cost of this application.
You may incur expenses in completion of your Research Project, for example travelling or paying test subjects. These costs will be approved in advance of being incurred and you will be reimbursed.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
A small number of ESRC studentships may be available each year. These are generally based on a combined application for PhD and taught postgraduate study over four years. Students interested in these studentships should contact the research department where they are interested in PhD study.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Psychology and 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.
Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
What our students and staff say
"The outstanding postgraduate students that come to UCL make it an intellectually exciting and stimulating place to study. My research team primarily studies adults who are very skilled at comprehending language, with the longer-term aim of understanding how and why these abilities are sometimes impaired so that appropriate interventions can be developed for those individuals who struggle with language comprehension."
Jennifer RoddSpeech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice MSc, Speech, Language and Cognition MRes
UCL Experimental Psychology
"UCL is a world-class university with a variety of resources for a multi-disciplinary approach to research. In my research I am interested in the neural correlates of unimodal and multimodal speech perception (for example, when you hear and see speech at the same time and how these sources of information interact)."
Dr Jyrki TuomainenLanguage Sciences MSc
Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, UCL Psychology & Language Sciences
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.
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 one and three or four-year PhD programme in one of the contributing departments.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.
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