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University of Reading

Whiteknights , Reading Berkshire ,United Kingdom

MSc Language Sciences

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: 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 the 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.

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.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

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.

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 19715 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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