Language Sciences

University of Reading

12 months
19715 GBP/year
8840 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc Language Sciences degree offered at the University of Reading will prepare graduates in linguistics, psychology, speech and language therapy and education for research-related careers and doctoral study in the language sciences.


At the University of Reading studying the MSc Language Sciences will take a set of compulsory modules in language science that cover core contemporary issues in linguistic theory and research in the field of psycholinguistics. 

In addition to these compulsory modules, students then have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge specialisation in one of three streams: Neuroscience of Language, Multilingualism, or Language Development and Disorders. 

The Neuroscience of Language stream will introduce you to current advances in neurolinguistics and the cognitive neuroscience of language, including functional MRI and the electrophysiology of language. 

The Bilingualism stream provides a flexible multidisciplinary course focusing on linguistic, cognitive and pedagogical aspects of multilingualism. The Language Development and Disorders stream focuses on language acquisition and disorders, including disorders of fluency in children and adults.

This stream in particular is also appropriate for professionals in speech and language therapy who want to update their knowledge of the language sciences.Our School is housed in a modern building with extensive teaching and research facilities, including a state-of-the-art multi-million pound neuroimaging centre, including fMRI, EEG and TMS facilities, eye-tracking and behavioural testing labs, and three NHS Clinics. 

This includes our in-house NHS Speech and Language Therapy clinic. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research methods
  • Language processing
  • Foundations of grammar
  • Speech and language pathology
  • Language in autism spectrum disorder

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are required to have an upper second or first-class honours degree 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.
  • You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19715 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19715 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8840 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8840 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Language Sciences
University of Reading