Case study

MSc Language Sciences student — Léna Kervran

Léna is studying MSc Language Sciences (with specialisation in Linguistics with Neuroscience) at University College London (UCL)

Why did you choose this institution and course?

After graduating from the University of Oxford with a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics, the chance to study neurolinguistics at an institution renowned for its expertise in brain sciences seemed like a life- and career-changing opportunity.

What does the programme involve?

It offers a very diverse and interesting range of optional modules. Students can tailor the course according to their personality and interests. This is important, as a clever choice can help you to develop research project ideas and find a supervisor for the topic that you’re most interested in.

From the outset, I wanted to study teaching methods and concept acquisition, which involves working in cognition, linguistic concepts and education. I received great support from very committed professors who always encouraged my ideas. They helped me to develop a feasible research project that I find very enjoyable.

How are you funding postgraduate study?

I’m funding my studies with a bank loan. I cannot receive French funding, and I couldn’t find any UK or European Union (EU) postgraduate funding that I was eligible for.

What are your plans for after graduation?

In the short-term, I’d like to explore the link between neuroscience and education by undertaking work experience. In the long-term, I’d like to do a PhD.

UCL and the Faculty of Brain Sciences have helped me to identify what I’d like to do after I graduate. They both host great talks on finding a job and PhDs, while my department also runs events throughout the year, advising on topics such as PhD applications, and CVs and cover letters.

Another considerable help is the Careers Service. It can arrange mock interviews, and email you job opportunities that match your profile and interests.

What advice would you give to those considering the programme?

Studying this programme has been a hugely positive experience, and I would definitely recommend applying. The great range of modules to choose from can be intimidating, but allowing enough time to consider them in detail will help you to make an informed decision.