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MA - Master of Arts
Discover how insights from linguistics help to explain how humans learn, understand, and use languages. Our MA Psycholinguistics provides you with a thorough grounding in research from the perspective of linguistics on human language processing, the representation of language in the brain, and first and second language acquisition.
You cover the processing and acquisition of sounds, words, and sentences, look at different kinds of language disorders, and investigate the relevance of data from human language processing to our understanding of the nature of language. You also learn how to design and conduct experiments and analyse the results from them.
Our researchers are using experimental techniques to understand how children learn language, how adults process language, and what happens when language ability is impaired by brain disorders. We combine a wide range of methodologies: corpora, infant behavioural studies at the baby lab, response time and eye movement measures for adults
Our MA Psycholinguistics can lead to further research in the form of a PhD or can lead you to a career in areas such as speech therapy, teaching, publishing, journalism, administration, and public service.
We work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
Within our Department of Language and Linguistics, we also offer supervision for PhD and MPhil. We offer supervision in areas including language acquisition, language learning and language teaching, culture and communication, psycholinguistics, language disorders, sociolinguistics, and theoretical and descriptive linguistics.
Our graduates are successful in a wide variety of career paths. They leave Essex with a unique set of skills and experience that are in demand by employers.
Several of our MA Psycholinguistics graduates have taken up academic posts at top universities including the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Universities of Tübingen, Hamburg, Kobe, and Thessaloniki.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
You need a 2:2 degree in the following disciplines: Applied Linguistics Education (English language teaching) English Language and Literature, Speech and Language Therapy, English language, Linguistics or Psychology. We will accept applicants with a degree in an unrelated area, but which contains a substantial element of education, Linguistics Language Studies and Teaching.