Undergraduate prospectus


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 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
British Psychological Society
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

To include one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (double award acceptable) at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements

Contextual offer

AAB (more about contextual offers)
To include Grade A in one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

IB Diploma

A score 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.

Contextual offer

36 (more about contextual offers)
A score 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.

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 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: www.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 and human 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.


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 2.0-credit project based either on research conducted at UCL (in the research route) or on a placement (the applied route). Students on both routes take a statistics module. Applied route students will also take a module on research in applied settings, plus two additional Master’s-level modules. Those on the Research route take three additional Master’s-level modules. Students on both routes receive a BPS-accredited MSci qualification.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Language and Cognition
Development of Communication and Cognition
The Psychology of Individual Differences
Research Design and Experimental Methods
Speech Production and Perception

Optional modules

You will select one optional module from the following:

Introduction to Generative Grammar
The Evolution of Vocal Communication

You will select 0.5 credits from a wide range of elective modules across UCL.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Research Project

Optional modules

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

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Development of Speech Perception and Production
  • Laboratory Methods in Phonetics and Speech Science
  • Linguistics of Sign Language
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Perspectives on Clinical Psychology
  • Stages in Normal Language Development
  • Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties
  • Psychology of Politics

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

Core or compulsory module(s)

Research route

Advanced Research Project (2.0 credits)
Statistics (0.5 credits)

Applied route

Placement Project (2.0 credits)
Statistics for Applied Research Settings (0.5 credits)
Behavioural Research in Applied Settings (0.5 credits)

Optional modules

You will select either three (research route) or two (applied route) optional modules from a wide range likely to include:

Cognitive Neuroscience
Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience
Human Learning and Memory
Introduction to Event-Related Potential Techniques
Neuroscience of Language
Second Language Speech Learning
Social Psychology
The Brain in Action

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 nd to discuss topics in more detail.


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


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 BSc programme 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£25,260 (2019/20)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


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: 15 January 2019


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. All candidates resident in the UK are usually expected to attend.

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