The purpose of the MSc Language Science course is to prepare graduates in linguistics, psychology, speech and language therapy and education for research-related careers and doctoral study in the language sciences.
Students on this course take a set of compulsory modules in language science that cover core contemporary issues in linguistic theory and research in the field of psycholinguistics. In addition to these compulsory modules, students then have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge specialisation in one of three streams: Neuroscience of Language, Multilingualism, or Language Development and Disorders.
The Neuroscience of Language stream will introduce you to current advances in neurolinguistics and the cognitive neuroscience of language, including functional MRI and the electrophysiology of language. The Bilingualism stream provides a flexible multidisciplinary course focusing on linguistic, cognitive and pedagogical aspects of multilingualism. The Language Development and Disorders stream focuses on language acquisition and disorders, including disorders of fluency in children and adults. This stream in particular is also appropriate for professionals in speech and language therapy who want to update their knowledge of the language sciences.
Our School is housed in a modern building with extensive teaching and research facilities, including a state-of-the-art multi-million pound neuroimaging centre, including fMRI, EEG and TMS facilities, eye-tracking and behavioural testing labs, and three NHS Clinics. This includes our in-house NHS Speech and Language Therapy clinic.
The School also hosts significant computing facilities for modelling and analytical purposes, and has close links to two leading research centres in neuroscience and the language sciences at the university; the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, and the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism. Through your time on the course, you will gain extensive experience of research in your chosen stream within language science, develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and will be encouraged to use the excellent facilities on offer.
In addition to the facilities and resources provided in our on-campus University Library, our department provides a dedicated study room for MSc students complete with computing facilities. There is a further separate student resources room which can be used for quiet study or group discussions, which has Wi-Fi and kitchen facilities.
This course is recognised as a member of the Linguistics Pathway for the ESRC South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS). SeNSS provides funding for UK and EU students interested in PhD research. This means that students on the MSc Languages Sciences who are interested in continuing on to PhD studies are eligible to apply for PhD funding via the SenSS Linguistics Pathway.
IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0.
Entry requirements: Applicants are required to have an upper second or first-class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) 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.
What will you study?
Foundations of grammar
Speech and language pathology
Language in autism spectrum disorder
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,620 per year
New international students: £19,230 per year
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
The fees given are for entry in the academic year starting in September 2019, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.You can find more information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
What career can you have?
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.