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Psycholinguistics, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The Psycholinguistics course offered by the University of Essex 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.

Our 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

Your future

The Psycholinguistics course offered by the University of Essex can lead to further research in the form of a PhD, or can lead you to a career in areas such as speech therapy, teaching, publishing, journalism, administration and public service.

We work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Within our Department of Language and Linguistics, we also offer supervision for PhD and MPhil. We offer supervision in areas including language acquisition, language learning and language teaching, culture and communication, psycholinguistics, language disorders, sociolinguistics, and theoretical and descriptive linguistics.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Sentence Processing
  • Research Methods 
  • Assignment Writing and Dissertation Preparation
  • Phonological Development
  • MA Dissertation
  • Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics Theory (optional)
  • Morphology (optional)
  • Semantics (optional)
  • Syntactic Theory I (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

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • 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).

  • A 2:2 degree in the following disciplines: Applied linguistics Education (English language teaching) English Language and Literature, Speech and Language Therapy,English language,Linguistics or Psychology.
  • If your degree is in either education or psychology you must have taken modules which focus on linguistics.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17040 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7940 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7940 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Part-time:
  • Home/EU fee: £3,970
  • International fee: £8,520

Living costs for Colchester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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