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MSc Language Sciences provides an opportunity for in-depth study in one or more areas of the language sciences with five separate specialised routes that follow a common structure. All students on the programme take a core set of modules and then have the opportunity to tailor their degree in a specific area of the language sciences which is aligned to their interest. Through these specialised modules you will develop or build upon existing research interests and work collaboratively with a member of academic staff to complete an independent research project investigating a specific aspect of human language or communication.


The UCL Division of Psychology & 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 MSc in Language Sciences (Neuroscience, Language and Communication) includes compulsory modules, optional modules and elective modules at Level 7 (Masters Level).


  • PALS0001: Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain - 15 credits
  • PALS0002: Research Methods - Principles, skills and applications - 30 credits
  • PALS0025: Research Project - 60 credits


In consultation with the Strand Coordinator, you will register for 30 credits chosen from the following modules:

  • PALS0005: Neuroscience of Language - 15 credits
  • PALS0029: Current Issues in Production, Perception and Neural Processing of Speech - 15 credits
  • PALS0019: Brain Stimulation - 15 credits
  • PALS0028: Seminar in Neurolinguistics - 15 credits
  • PALS0006: Developmental Disorders of Speech, Hearing and Language
  • PALS0031: Introduction to Event-Related Potential (ERP) Techniques - 15 credits


Finally, you will register for 45 credits from all postgraduate modules offered within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, subject to availability, acceptance and agreement with the Strand Coordinator. A list of common elective modules is indicated below, these are suggestions only: choices are not limited to the modules on this list.

  • PALS0020: Deafness - Cognition and Language
  • PALS0016: Developmental Disorders of Language Learning and Cognition
  • PALS0003: Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties
  • PALS0004: Conversation Analysis
  • PLIN0035: Language Acquisition
  • PSYC0073: Designing and Analysing an fMRI Experiment

Not all modules will run every year.

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).


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 is designed for students with a background in a related discipline who wish to deepen their knowledge prior to registering for a research degree in neuroscience, linguistics or a related discipline. It may also appeal to individuals currently working in areas such as education, speech and language therapy, audiology and speech technology. Applicants should have a degree in a language-related area such as linguistics, speech sciences, English language, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline.


All applicants

26 July 2019

 For more information see our Applications page.

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When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Language Sciences at graduate level
  • why you want to study Language Sciences 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.


Eligible Students starting a postgraduate degree can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 to help with programme fees and living costs.

You can find more information on the UK Government website:



Up to four departmental scholarships of £2,400 will be available for students applying for the MSc in Language Sciences. Candidates holding an offer of admission to UCL for the MSc Language Sciences by 1 June in the year of entry will be considered for these awards. It is therefore strongly recommended that applications for admission to UCL are submitted as early as possible, and certainly no later than six weeks before the 1 June scholarship deadline. These scholarships will be primarily awarded on the basis of academic merit rather than according to financial need. Successful applicants will be students with outstanding academic potential and will have achieved excellent results in the qualifications already obtained. Please note that these scholarships cannot be held in conjunction with other scholarship/studentship funding.


For information on general scholarship opportunities, please select the link below:



The majority of students who graduate from MSc Language Sciences programmes go on to further study or research. Recent graduates have gone on to PhD study in UCL, other UK institutions and prestigious overseas universities. Other students have gone on to diverse roles related to Language Sciences such as audiology, education and speech and hearing technology.

Many students, especially studying Neuroscience and Communication are already working as Speech and Language Therapists and see MSc Language Sciences as an opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a specific area and gain research skills.

We also have a number of students who see the value of having a postgraduate degree when looking for employment and want to study something they find interesting, while not necessarily related to their field of work.

UCL provides advice, guidance and workshops on Careers and Employability through its Careers service.

Visit the Language Sciences (Neuroscience, language and Communications) MSc page on the University College London website for more details!




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