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Psychology and Language Sciences MSci

This four-year programme, accredited by the British Psychological Society, offers an extra year on top of the Psychology and Language Sciences BSc in which students have the opportunity to gain additional research experience in the final year, either with a UCL research group or in an applied setting.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
CB87
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Accreditation
British Psychological Society
Application deadline
26 January 2022
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
To include one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
GCSEs
English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (double award acceptable) at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer

Grades
AAB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
To include one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
GCSEs
English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (double award acceptable) at grade B or 6.

IB Diploma

Points
39
Subjects
A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology, with no score lower than 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

Points
36 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology, with no score lower than 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), including A in one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*AA, including one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good (Advanced for GCSE/IGCSE)

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL is known worldwide for its teaching and research in the fields of psychology, speech sciences, linguistics and neuroscience. Our staff's work appears in internationally acclaimed journals and books.

  • This programme provides experiential learning in these key areas, emphasising the complementary nature of psychology, speech sciences and linguistics and providing special insights into the human mind, language and communication.

  • This degree is an excellent platform from which students can pursue further research or follow professional programmes (e.g. in clinical and educational psychology, teaching, speech and language therapy, or audiology).

  • If you choose the research route in the fourth year, you will gain advanced research skills and join world-leading researchers in the lab. Students on the applied route will meet the challenges of carrying out research in the workplace, for example, in a clinical or educational setting.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited and audited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). As a graduate, you will be eligible to become a member of the BPS.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The first two years of your degree comprise mainly mandatory modules taken by all students, which aim to provide you with broad-based knowledge of psychology and language sciences. They cover fundamental topics such as the neural basis of perception, memory and language, social psychology, individual differences, speech production and perception, and the development of communication and cognition. Skills in planning, running and analysing experiments are taught through laboratory classes in years one and two.

Successful completion of year three allows you to graduate with a BPS-accredited BSc qualification, or you can continue to the MSci in the final (fourth) year.

The final year consists of a 60 credit project based either on research conducted at UCL (in the research pathway) or on a placement (the applied pathway). Students on both pathways each take a different research methods module. Students then take additional Masters level modules to make up the remainder of their credits. These are mostly taught modules, but Practical Research Skills also offers additional mini-placements working in UCL labs. Students on both pathways receive a BPS-accredited MSci qualification.

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (Hons) in Psychology and Language Sciences.

Modules

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.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Evidence and Enquiry in Psychology
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Introduction to Language
  • Introduction to Speech Science
  • Memory
  • Neural Basis of Perception, Memory and Language
  • Perception, Attention and Learning
  • Social Psychology

Planned changes from 2022-23: Please note that we plan to merge Year 1 module Social Psychology and Year 2 module The Psychology of Individual Differences into a single new Year 1 module

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Language and Cognition
  • Development of Communication and Cognition (30 credits)
  • The Psychology of Individual Differences
  • Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods
  • Intermediate Statistical Methods

Planned changes from 2023-24: Please note that we plan to bring the Year 3 option module Science of Bias into Year 2 as a compulsory module instead of The Psychology of Individual Differences

Optional modules

You will select one optional module from the following:

  • Introduction to Generative Grammar
  • The Human Voice: Speech, Emotions, Identity
  • Language and Communication

You will also select 15 credits from a wide range of elective modules across UCL.

Compulsory module(s)

Research Project (30 credits)

Optional modules

You will select six optional modules from a wide range across the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, likely to include:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Development of Speech Perception and Production
  • Brain Stimulation
  • Linguistics of Sign Language
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Perspectives on Clinical Psychology
  • Psycholinguistics: Stages in Normal Language Development
  • Developmental Disorders of Language Learning and Cognition
  • Language and Communication in Dementia
  • Genes and Behaviour
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Please see the division's website for this programme for the wide selection of optional modules available: 

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/study/undergraduates/msci-psychology-and-language-sciences.

Compulsory module(s)

Research pathway

  • Research Project (60 credits)
  • Generic Research Skills

Applied pathway

  • Research Project (60 credits)
  • Behavioural Research in Applied Settings 

Optional modules

You will select additional option modules from a wide range likely to include:

  • Practical Research Skills (15 or 30 credits - mini-research placement module)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Machine Learning for Behavioural Analytics
  • Human Learning and Memory
  • Current Research in Dementia
  • Current Research in Psychosis
  • Neuroscience of Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • The Brain in Action
  • Talent Management

Your learning

Your learning will involve attendance at lectures (sometimes shared with students on other programmes), smaller laboratory classes and back-up classes. Regular group tutorials with a member of academic staff will provide an opportunity to integrate learning and to discuss topics in more detail. Each student has regular meetings with a personal tutor to discuss academic progress.

In the fourth year during the Autumn and Spring terms, students will spend on average three days a week on either a research or applied placement. The majority of the placement time will be spent working on a single, substantial research project. On the research pathway, projects are likely to form part of the supervisor's existing research programme. Projects on the applied pathway will be based on a topic generated by the placement provider.

Assessment

Each module is examined separately, often by a combination of essays, data exercises and examinations and performance is always assessed in the same academic year in which you take it.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Psychology and Language Sciences MSci.

Accessibility

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

Careers

The cutting-edge experimental, empirical and statistical/computational tools employed in this degree will enable you to develop and evaluate ideas across the areas of human psychology and communication. They will provide you with an exceptional basis for further research in these areas.

Students will gain advanced training in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Additionally, graduates will have transferable skills in autonomy and responsibility, teamwork and presentation. This degree is an excellent foundation for further specialised training in careers such as audiology, clinical and educational psychology, teaching, and speech and language therapy.

The fourth MSci year will be of particular benefit to those students who wish to pursue a career in research (e.g. progressing to a PhD) or in clinical or educational work. Our aim is to help students to develop advanced interdisciplinary research and transferable skills valuable in a wide range of careers. Graduates from our programmes have gone on to further training in teaching, clinical psychology and medicine, to PhD study, as well as to careers in auditing and human resources.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£31,200 (2021/22)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Together with the academic entry requirements for the programme, we are looking to attract well-qualified students with a range of subjects at A level (or equivalent). We are also looking for applicants who can demonstrate their interest in the scientific study of human communication as well as psychology.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 26 January 2022



Selection

Applicants may be asked for additional information, including the completion of a questionnaire, prior to a decision being made.

All applicants who are offered a place will be invited to attend an applicant open day. This is intended to allow candidates to make an informed decision about whether the degree programme is right for them. We recommend attending the open day at the university. However, students unable to attend will be offered a virtual open day.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


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Page last modified on 5 August 2021