MSc Language Sciences with specialisation in Linguistics with Neuroscience

University College London, England

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About Programme

This specialisation is designed for students with a background in linguistics who are interested in applying their knowledge in understanding language impairments in individuals with brain damage and/or carrying out neuroscientific research on language processing, or in pursuing theoretical linguistics research using psychological science methods, such as eye-tracking and imaging.

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


  • Duration: 12 months
  • Fee national: $12,745
  • Fee international: $32,548


  • Duration: 24 months

Students take a set of core modules as a foundation to one of the following areas of linguistics: phonology, syntax, semantics-pragmatics. 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.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), two specialisation modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules:

  • Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain
  • Neuroscience of Language
  • Research Methods: Principles, Skills and Applications
  • Students select two specialisation modules from one of these core areas:
  • Phonology
  • Semantics-Pragmatics
  • Syntax

Optional modules - Students select two modules from all those offered within UCL Psychology & Language Sciences, subject to availability and agreement with the Programme Director. A list of possible options is listed below:

  • Deafness: Cognition of Language
  • Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Language Acquisition
  • Rehabilitation of Acquired Neurogenic Communication Difficulties
  • Seminar in Neurolinguistics

Not all modules will run every year, some modules may require a minimum number of registered students.


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.

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 in linguistics or linguistics-related discipline. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Good

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