The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).
Our Department of Psychology offers a stimulating and vibrant environment that allows both our academic staff, as well as our students, to successfully shape the future of our ever-growing research-intensive department. Our research activity is diverse and broad-based, with a variety of interests that fall into three major research groupings: cognitive psychology, sensory and cognitive neuroscience, and social psychology.
Our MSc Language and the Brain will offer you an opportunity to take full advantage of the intersecting research interests and areas of expertise within the Department of Psychology and Department of Language and Linguistics at our University.
An understanding of neuroscience can sharpen the ability to ask questions and develop insights into the nature of language processing, acquisition, and representation. Conversely, language - from words to sentences - acts as a standard medium for neuroscience and psychology to investigate and localise the nature and time-course of neural processes. Thus, the study of language and of the brain go hand-in-hand and each can inform the other in notable ways. Our course will provide you with a solid foundation in each area, ensuring you are uniquely equipped students to identify generalisations about the brain that account for patterns of language use and understanding and vice versa.
Within our MSc Language and the Brain, there is an emphasis on experimental investigations: you not only learn to assess and critique existing empirical work, but how to conduct such research independently. You also have the opportunity to use our Centre for Brain Sciences, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the study of brain activity in relation to psychological processes, providing a dynamic resource for psychology and neuroscience, with specialised laboratories for investigating brain activity.