MSc Language Acquisition and Development

Bangor University, Wales

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About Programme

This new Language Acquisition and Development MSc course is the first master’s programme in Wales to offer courses in typical and atypical language development in both monolingual and bilingual (simultaneous and sequential) populations.

  • Type: On campus
  • Start: September
  • Language: English


  • Duration: 12 months
  • Fee national: $6,949
  • Fee international: $16,729


  • Duration: 36 months

The Language Acquisition and Development MSc course aims to develop your understanding of monolingual and bilingual development and acquisition in typically-developing children, in adults, as well as children with language impairments. The purpose of the MSc programme is to provide you with the necessary theoretical and methodological skills to undertake research in this field. (Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.)

Compulsory Modules:

  1. Language Acquisition: The main objective of this module is to introduce you to central questions in language acquisition research (e.g. How do we learn the meaning of words? What are the advantages of bringing up a child bilingually? Are children better language learners than adults?). The focus will be on first language (L1) acquisition.
  2. Research Methods in Linguistics: This module aims at equipping you with the necessary foundations and tools to design and carry out experimental research within linguistics, as well as preparing for your dissertation.

Optional Modules vary from year to year, and include:

  • L2 Speech Learning
  • Current Issues in Bilingualism
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Pathology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Models of Sentence Processing
  • Phonology in Bilingual Acquisition
  • Language Contact and Bilinguals


Successful completion of the programme will provide you with the requisite skills, understanding, and knowledge to work effectively and increase your employability in organisations working with bilingual populations and second language learners with and without language impairment, such as speech and language therapists and teachers.

Entry requirements

A 2.ii undergraduate degree in linguistics or a related area normally required. Applicants who do not speak English as their native language must pass the IELTS English test with a score of 6.0 in all four components. Students who have an overall score of 5.5 on the IELTS can take a summer pre-sessional course in the University’s English Language Centre for Overseas Students (ELCOS).

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