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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Reading

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

The flexible MSc Language Sciences course is aimed at graduates and professionals working in language-related careers seeking in-depth specialised knowledge in the neuroscience of language, language development or multilingualism?.

The MSc in Language Sciences is ideal for preparing graduates in linguistics, speech and language therapy, psychology, education and allied disciplines for research-related careers in the 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 this core knowledge in linguistics and psycholinguistics, you will have the opportunity to gain in-depth specialised knowledge in one of three dedicated pathways: neuroscience of language, language development, or multilingualism.

  • Neuroscience of language: this pathway will introduce you to current advances in neuroscience research, including functional MRI and electrophysiology of language.
  • Language development: 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 guide 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.


The MSc in Language Sciences prepares students for doctoral research across the range of language sciences and a career as a research scientist. The combination of linguistics knowledge, training in statistics and strong analytical skills acquired in this course is also particularly applicable to careers involving research management, such as government and market research, as well as in education and health.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 19,715per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 21,000 students from around 165 countries.
Reading is just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 20 3

    20th out of 29 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
    143 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85 85%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    133 65%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.76 75%



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