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MSc Language Sciences – University of Reading

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  • Develop your knowledge in psychology, linguistics and speech and language therapy

MSc Language Sciences

Gain specialist training in the neuroscience of language, language development & impairment and multilingualism


This programme will provide you with knowledge from the core areas in the language sciences, as well as allowing you to gain an in-depth knowledge into one of our specialist streams.

Core areas cover contemporary work in linguistic theory and the field of psycholinguistics, and include:

  • Research methods and transferable skills

  • Foundations of grammar

  • Language processing

  • Research and dissertation

You then focus on a specific area of the language sciences in one of our three specialist streams:

Neuroscience of language - this stream introduces students to current advances in research in the cognitive neuroscience of language, including functional MRI and the electrophysiology of language.

Language development and disorders - this stream focuses on language development and disorders, including aphasia, Developmental Language Disorder, and childhood bilingualism.

Multilingualism - this stream focuses on linguistic and cognitive aspects of multilingualism, including bilingualism, additional language learning and heritage language acquisition.


You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the work of a language scientist or neuroscientist in your chosen area of expertise, and gain awareness of how different techniques from cognitive science, the language sciences and neuroscience enhance our understanding of language acquisition and processing in typical, atypical and multilingual populations.


The MSc in Language Sciences can be taken as a full-time or part-time degree at the University of Reading. You will be taught through a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops and one to one sessions.

The school houses state-of-the-art facilities including a neuroimaging centre with fMRI, EEG, TMS and eye-tracking facilities, and specialist research laboratories. There are three NHS clinics based at the school including our Speech and Language Therapy clinic, Anxiety and Depression in Children and Young People research clinic and Berkshire Memory and Cognition Research Centre, as well as a Centre for Autism.


This programme will provide you with a combination of linguistics knowledge, training in statistics and strong analytical skills. It will prepare you for doctoral research across the range of language sciences, as well as a career as a research scientist. The programme is applicable to careers involving research management, such as, government and market research, education and health.


Find out more about this programme including entry requirements and fees.

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