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Language Sciences (Sign Language and Deaf Studies) MSc

Language Sciences (Sign Language and Deaf Studies) MSc

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Full time | UCL (University College London) | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sign Language Linguistic Studies Science (General / Combined) Speech Therapy

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Course Summary

The Language Sciences MSc programme provides an opportunity for in-depth study in one or more areas of language science. It is an umbrella degree with four separate specialised routes. Each route follows a common structure, enabling students to tailor the degree to their own interests. All students take a core set of modules, forming a basis from which to study and undertake research in diverse areas of language science. You will then tailor the degree to your own interests through choosing specialised modules to develop and build upon your existing research interests, enabling you to take full advantage of the breadth of expertise in Language Sciences in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This programme is designed for students with a background in a related discipline who wish to deepen their knowledge of language sciences. The degree is ideal preparation for those interested in applying for a research degree in language development, speech science, neuroscience, linguistics, or a related discipline and will also appeal to individuals currently working in areas such as education, speech and language therapy, audiology, and speech technology. Successful applicants will normally hold, or be progressing towards, a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a language-related area such as Linguistics, Speech Sciences, English Language, Psychology, or Cognitive Science. We also warmly welcome applications from those with degrees in a cognate discipline such as Computational Science. Your application will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of your degree and degree institution; the quality of your references; your relevant skills and experience; the quality of your personal statement and the suitability of your career plans. 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 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, and in other UK 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, and statistics - are transferable skills that are very highly sought after outside academia.


Deafness: Cognition and Language - Core
Deaf Culture and Identities - Core
Research Methods: Principles, Skills and Applications - Core
Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain - Core
Linguistics of Sign Languages - Core

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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 a language science related area such as linguistics, speech sciences, English language, psychology, cognitive science, or a cognate discipline.

University information

UCL (University College London) is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the world, conducting leading research across a wide range of subject areas. Throughout its long and prestigious history, it has inspired and educated countless minds and produced 30 Nobel prize recipients. With one campus located in the heart of Bloomsbury and a second campus in vibrant east London, the university is home to around 42,000 students...more

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