University of Reading

University of Reading

Neuroscience of Language

Students learn about the theoretical and philosophical context in which research is designed, conducted, and interpreted; they become familiar with a range of research methods in cognitive neuroscience and a detailed expertise in a subset relevant to their own research interests; they also acquire in-depth knowledge of the work done by neuroscientists on speech and language, and develop awareness of possibilities and limitations of using imaging technology in studying language processing in typical and atypical populations.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree (or above) in linguistics; speech & language therapy or related discipline (e.g. cognitive science; psychology; education; health sciences; modern languages; philosophy).

Course modules

Compulsory modules: research methods and transferable skills; data collection and analysis; methods in neuroscience; language processing; electrophysiology of language; foundations of phonetics and phonology; foundations of syntax; students also have a choice of optional modules and they are required to take 4 option modules for example: child language acquisition; clinical phonetics and phonology; linguistic assessment clinic; specific language impairment; linguistic aspects of aphasia; application of linguistics; MRI data analysis; introduction to language pathology; all students are required to complete a research dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a combination of methods: essays, case studies, data analysis and presentation, classroom tests and written examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 15,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,025 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

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