Research course

Language and Communication

UCL - University College London · Culture, Communication and Media

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Our PhD students explore speech, language, cognitive communication and swallowing in healthy adults and in people with acquired disorders in these domains. A core feature is the integration of basic research with new interventions for people with communication disorders. For practising speech and language therapists who wish to combine clinical work with research, the Doctorate in Clinical Communication Science is an option.

UCL Language and Communication has close links with two virtual centres that bring together experts in speech, language and communication research, and promote collaborations with practising speech and language therapists: the Centre for Applied Interaction Research and the Centre for Speech and Language Intervention Research. We also maintain close links with other UCL academic units including: Developmental Science; Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences; Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences; Linguistics, and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. As well as meetings with international scholars visiting UCL, students are encouraged to attend and present their findings at conferences.

Department specialisms

Acquired disorders of speech, language, cognition and communication Acquired swallowing disorders Conversation analysis Language, health and disability Language of the typically ageing population Reflective practice in speech and language therapy training. Research students join a departmental research group (Conversation and Interaction; Syntactic Cognition; Swallowing; Cognitive Neuroscience of Speech and Language), for support and interaction.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Mr Richard Jardine
+44 (0)20 7679 4245
020 7679 3001