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Speech, Language and Cognition - MRes

Course Description

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 courses in several different UCL departments.

Degree information

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).

Core modules
-Foundation Course in Research
-Research Methods
-Theoretical Frameworks
-Research Plan

Optional modules - as part of Theoretical Frameworks, students follow teaching in a total of four modules across the Division of Psychology and more widely at UCL. These modules are chosen from at least two from 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

There is no set list for these modules and students will choose modules which complement their intended research 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 10,000 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.


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 onto 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.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Teacher, Queen Mary University of London (QML)
-Researcher, University of Cambridge and studying PhD Autism, University of Cambridge
-PhD Researcher, Universiteit van Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam)
-MPhil/PhD Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, University College London (UCL)
-PhD Education, University of Oxford

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Psychology & 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.

Visit the Speech, Language and Cognition - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Departmental Scholarships for the MRes Speech Language and Cognition - Single Award

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)



This scholarship will be available for students applying for the MRes Speech, Language and Cognition. To be eligible, candidates will have to hold an offer of admission to UCL for the MRes Speech, Language and Communication 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.

Application Procedure

No specific application procedure is required as selection will be based on the information included in the MRes application form.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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