University of Reading

University of Reading

Language Sciences

A flexible course aimed at graduates and speech and language therapy professionals seeking in-depth specialised knowledge in neuroscience, developmental, or multilingualism. The MSc in Language Sciences is ideal for preparing graduates in linguistics, speech and language therapy, psychology, health science, education and allied disciplines for research-related careers in 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 your core knowledge, you will have the opportunity to gain in-depth specialised knowledge in one of three dedicated pathways: neuroscience, developmental, or multilingualism. Neuroscience of language: this pathway will introduce you to current advances in neuroscience research, including functional MRI and electrophysiology of language. Developmental: 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 language sciences. These include eye-tracking, EEG and MRI facilities, numerous computer labs and clinic rooms. Your chosen pathway will dictate which laboratory you work in. The course includes an optional Research 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 University is host to the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism CeLM and the Centre for Integrated Neuroscience and Neurodynamics - CINN. Both of these world-class research centres inform our teaching, and staff from both CINN and CeLM teach on the master's. At the University of Reading you will benefit from excellent teaching informed by cutting-edge research; 98% of our research submission was judged to be of international standing in a recent national assessment. 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 Syndrome, Specific language impairment, Williams Syndrome, and acquired disorders in adulthood, for intance Aphasia, 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. For more information, please visit SeNSS There is an International Excellence Scholarship of £4,000+ per year for students from outside the EU. For more information, please visit Psychology international students.

Entry requirements

MSc: 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, medical sciences or education. Evidence of recent study is normally required if the first degree was completed more than four years previously. IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Course modules

* fMRI Analysis * Theoretical and Clinical Aspects of Anomia * Language in Genetic Disorders * Research Methods * Language Processing * Foundations of Grammar * Speech and Language Pathology * Language in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (England) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Wales) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Scotland) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 19,230 per Whole course (International) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (EU) 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Wales) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (England) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 19,230 per Whole course (International) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (EU) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Scotland) 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading RG6 6UR South East

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