Psycholinguistics, M.A.

Psycholinguistics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
Discover how insights from linguistics help to explain how humans learn, understand and use languages. The 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.

About

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.

The 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 babylab, response time and eye movement measures for adults

You can choose areas of special study including:

  • How words are represented and accessed in the mind
  • How speakers understand sentences in real time
  • Music, language and the brain
  • Children’s English

They are one of the largest and most prestigious language and linguistics departments in the world, a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, placing us firmly within the top 10 departments in the UK and ranked among the top 150 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings (2017) for linguistics.

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Essex is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Essex offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Sentence Processing
  • Research Methods I
  • Assignment Writing and Dissertation Preparation
  • Research Methods II
  • MA Dissertation
  • Advanced Phonology (optional)
  • Phonological Development (optional)
  • Morphological Processing (optional)
  • Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics Theory (optional)
  • American Languages (optional)
  • Varieties of English (optional)
  • Morphology (optional)
  • Language Rights (optional)
  • Semantics (optional)
  • Language Learning (optional)
  • English Syntax 1 (optional)
  • Individual Differences in L2 Learning (optional)
  • Syntactic Theory I (optional)
  • Language, Society and Media (optional)
  • Approaches to Language in Society (optional)
  • Experimental Design and Analysis (optional)
  • English in the British Isles (optional)
  • Analysing Language in Society: Research Methods (optional)
  • English Syntax 2 (optional)
  • Syntactic Theory II (optional)
  • Independent Study In Sociolinguistics (optional)
  • Experimental Design and Analysis II (R) (optional)
  • Teaching and Learning Grammar (optional)
  • English around the world (optional)
  • Language and Human Rights (optional)
  • Graduate Research Assignment (optional)
  • Language Attrition (optional)
  • Language in Context: From Pragmatics to Conversation Analysis (optional)
  • Intercultural Communication: communicating across languages and cultures (optional)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    There is no deadline for applications. For students requiring a Tier 4 visa we advise you to apply by 1 July for a course starting in October

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

UK entry requirements

They will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above.

International & EU entry requirements

They accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16225 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16225 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7560 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7560 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Colchester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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