The combined specialisation in Speech and Hearing Sciences provides a thorough multidisciplinary introduction to modern knowledge and current research in the inter related aspects of human spoken communication. It prepares students from different backgrounds for work in the rapidly developing fields of speech and hearing research, and their technological applications.
Students take a core set of modules and then have the opportunity to specialise in speech and hearing sciences. In selecting the modules for their specialisation, students will be able to take full advantage of the breadth of expertise in language research in the UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), three specialisation modules (45 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
Core modules -Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain -Research Methods: Principles, Skills and Applications -Students select three specialisation modules from those below: -Development of Speech Perception and Production -Introduction to Speech Sciences -Experimental Phonetics -Phonetic Theory
Optional modules - students select two modules from all those offered within UCL Psychology & Language Sciences, subject to availability and agreement with the Programme Director. Options include: -Deafness, Cognition and Language -Second Language Speech Learning -Web Programming for Psychology and Language Sciences -Stuttering -Advanced topics in Speech Perception -Current Issues in Production, Perception and Neural Processing of Speech
Not all modules will run every year, some modules may require a minimum number of registered students.
Dissertation/report All students undertake an independent research project in an area of language science which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching and a virtual learning environment. Some modules also involve workshops or practical classes. Student performance is assessed through coursework, examinations and the research dissertation.
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 to work in related industries (for example in speech technology industries, cochlear implants manufacturers) or in education. The skills that the MSc develops – independent research, presentation skills, statistics – are transferable skills that are very highly sought after outside academia.
Why study this degree at UCL?
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 Language Sciences MSc provides the opportunity for in-depth study of one or more areas of the language sciences. The programme is an 'umbrella degree', with a number of specialisation strands that follow a common structure.
Departmental Scholarships for the MSc in Language Sciences
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 funding.
Value of Scholarship(s)
These scholarships will be available for students applying for the MSc in Language Sciences. To be eligible, candidates will have to hold an offer of admission to UCL for the MSc Language Sciences by 1 June 2012. 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 2012 scholarship deadline.
No specific application procedure is required as selection will be based on the information included in the MSc application form.
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-related area such as linguistics, speech sciences, English language, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline.
Recipient: University College London
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