MA in Psycholinguistics

The MA in Psycholinguistics will provide you with a general background in psycholinguistics while giving you a practical training in the techniques and methodologies associated with the field of study. You will have the opportunity to develop your interest in areas such as bilingualism, syntactic processing in special populations and early phonetic and phonological development.

Overview

Overview

Aims

The MA in Psycholinguistics will:

  • Impart a general foundation and background in psycholinguistics
  • Give you a practical training in techniques used in psycholinguistics, including statistical methods
  • Enable you to apply your skills and knowledge to linguistic data
  • Introduce you to research questions and methodologies in psycholinguistics
  • Enable you to perform original research in psycholinguistics

Course structure

Course structure

Autumn Term

 
There are two different routes in the Autumn Term, depending on your prior background. Students with no prior background in Linguistics or Psycholinguistics take the modules in Route A, below. Students who already have some background in these subjects take Route B. We will help you to determine which route you should take, when you apply.
 
Route A
  • Quantitative methods (10 credits)
  • Language acquisition (10 credits)
  • Psycholinguistics (10 credits)
  • Syntax (10 credits) OR Phonetics and phonology (10 credits)
Route B
  • Quantitative methods (10 credits)
AND 30 further credits from among the modules below and the modules in Route A:
  • Advanced comparative syntactic or semantic typology (20 credits)
  • Advanced phonology (10 credits)
  • Advanced phonetics (10 credits)
  • Phonological development (20 credits)
  • Directed readings in phonological development (10 credits)

Spring Term

In the Spring Term you will take two 20-credit modules from a range of options.  Options may include:

  • Topics in phonological development (20 credits)
  • Bilingualism (20 credits)
  • Second language phonology (20 credits)
  • Second language syntax (20 credits)
  • Psycholinguistic approaches to second language acquisition (20 credits)

Note that module offerings may vary from year to year.  Not every module is offered every year.

Spring and Summer Terms

  • Key ideas in linguistics (20 credits)

Summer Term and Summer vacation

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

All terms

  • Research training seminar (20 credits)

Assessment

Assessment

Autumn Term

Most Autumn Term modules are assessed by written assignments submitted at the start of the Spring Term. The Quantitative Methods module is assessed by examination at the start of the Spring Term.

Spring Term

Each of the option modules is generally assessed by a 5,000 word essay handed in at the start of the Summer Term.

The Key ideas in linguistics module is assessed by assignments due at the end of the Spring Term, and a report due in the middle of the Summer Term.

Dissertation

The course culminates in a sustained period of independent research and the production of a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should normally hold or expect to receive at least a 2:1 or equivalent in your first degree.

If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taken in an English speaking country, you will need to show evidence that you meet our English Language requirements.  We accept an IELTS score of 7, including 7 in both the written and oral assessment components.  Full details of other accepted qualifications are given here.

Apply

Applying for the MA in Psycholinguistics

You can apply for this course using our online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.