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Language Sciences (MSc)

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to prepare graduates in linguistics, speech and language therapy, psychology, health science, education and allied disciplines for research-related careers in language sciences.

The course is also appropriate for professionals in speech and language therapy who want to update their knowledge of the language sciences. You will take a set of compulsory modules and then have the opportunity to gain in-depth specialisation in one of three streams: neuroscience, developmental, or multilingualism.

The neuroscience stream will introduce you to current advances in neuroscience research including functional MRI and electrophysiology of language. The developmental stream will focus on language development and disorders, including disorders of fluency and childhood bilingualism. The multilingualism stream provides a flexible multidisciplinary course focusing on linguistic, cognitive and pedagogical aspects of multilingualism, as well as research training in this area.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/linguistics-pg/msc-language-sciences.aspx

Modules include:

- Foundations of grammar
- Phonetics and phonology
- Child language acquisition
- Language processing

What career can you have?

The MSc in Language Sciences prepares students for doctoral research across the range of language sciences and a career as a research scientist. The combination of linguistics knowledge, training in statistics and strong analytical skills acquired in this course is also particularly applicable to careers involving research management, such as government and market research, as well as in education and health.


Language is at the heart of human life; study a subject crucial to our understanding of ourselves as individuals, as members of society, and as a species.

At the University of Reading we offer you the opportunity to study all three aspects of this most complex form of human behaviour.

A purpose-built NHS speech and language clinic on campus means that you can access first-class observational facilities, a well-equipped speech research laboratory and a new sound recording room. We are closely associated with the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics and the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism. These provide state-of-the-art facilities including eye-tracking, EER, fMRI and TMS, and a rich multidisciplinary research environment.

Excellent teaching informed by cutting-edge research, with over 85 per cent of our research submission judged to be of international standing in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

Excellent and varied placement opportunities thanks both to our close relationship with local speech and language therapy services and to the fact that a large proportion of our staff are qualified and practising speech and language therapists.

Highly relevant courses for your future career. Our MSc Speech and Language Therapy course is recognised by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Visit the Language Sciences (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have an upper second or first-class honours degree in a related field such as linguistics, psychology, medical sciences or education. Evidence of recent study is normally required if the first degree was completed more than four years previously. You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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