The flexible MSc Language Sciences course is aimed at graduates and professionals working in language-related careers seeking in-depth specialised knowledge in the neuroscience of language, language development or multilingualism.
The MSc in Language Sciences is ideal for preparing graduates in linguistics, speech and language therapy, psychology, education and allied disciplines for research-related careers in the language sciences. The master's is also appropriate if you are a professional already working in speech and language therapy and would like to update your knowledge of the language sciences.
Leading experts will instruct you on the core areas within the field of language sciences. Building on this core knowledge in linguistics and psycholinguistics, you will have the opportunity to gain in-depth specialised knowledge in one of three dedicated pathways: neuroscience of language, language development, or multilingualism.
Neuroscience of language: this pathway will introduce you to current advances in neuroscience research, including functional MRI and electrophysiology of language.
Language development: this pathway will focus on language development and disorders, including disorders of fluency and childhood bilingualism.
Multilingualism: this pathway provides a flexible multidisciplinary course focusing on linguistic, cognitive and pedagogical aspects of multilingualism, as well as research training in this area.
You will have access to a wide range of facilities for experimental and other empirical work in the language sciences. These include eye-tracking, EEG and MRI facilities, numerous computer labs and clinic rooms. Your chosen pathway will guide which laboratory you work in.
This course includes a placement module which gives you the opportunity to work in one of our research laboratories for course credit. Whilst on placement, you can work on projects within the fields of psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics, multilingualism, language development and language impairment.
The MSc in Language Sciences reflects the cutting-edge work carried out by key members of staff. Our research encompasses fields such as language processing in monolingual and multilingual environments; the neuroscience of language and multilingualism; and the development of cognition and its relation to language at the beginning and end of the lifespan. We also have strong expertise in all areas of psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics; fluency disorders; monolingual, bilingual and multilingual language acquisition and processing; as well as in impaired language/literacy abilities and sensory perception in children with developmental disorders, including autism, dyslexia, Down's Syndrome, specific language impairment, Williams Syndrome, and acquired disorders in adulthood, for instance aphasia and Alzheimer’s/dementia.
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.
There are four International Excellence Scholarships awards, to the value of £2,500 for students from outside the EU. For more information, please visit the Psychology international students page.
IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements:You are normally required to have a good first or upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK)in a related field such as linguistics, psychology, language therapy 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
Research and Dissertation
Neuroscience of Language
Introduction to Speech and Language Pathology
Child Language Acquisition
Multilingualism and Impairment Across the Lifespan
Phonetics and Phonology
Clinical Phonetics and Phonology
Theoretical and Clinical Aspects of Anomia
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,840 per year
New international students: £19,715 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2020/21 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
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.
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.