Research course

Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences

UCL - University College London · Research Department of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or a taught Master’s degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a subject relevant to human-computer interaction. Such subjects include Psychology, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering Design, or other cognitive or applied sciences. Applicants with other qualifications and sufficient relevant experience and background knowledge may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Students carry out basic research within varied perspectives (phonetics, hearing, perception, neuroimaging, development, experimental psychology, speech technology and speech production), as well as translational research addressing hearing impairment, atypical perceptual and cognitive development, and language training technologies. The department use both behavioural and neuroimaging approaches for speech perception and hearing research and 'acoustic analysis' as an approach for speech production research.

SHaPS focuses on speech research within an interdisciplinary context, with strong links to UCL Linguistics, Language and Communication, Developmental Science, Experimental Psychology, the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, and the UCL Ear Institute, as well as international and industrial collaborations. The department shares a newly refurbished building and state-of-the-art laboratories, including facilities for adult and infant EEG, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and eye tracking.

Department specialisms

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and its role in speech/language development and communication ability Auditory prostheses for speech communication and the receptive capacity of the impaired auditory system for acoustic and electrical stimulation Computational methods for improving the intelligibility of speech recordings EEG, TMS and fMRI investigations of speech perception, production and hearing Phonetic variability in connected discourse and its impact on perception Plasticity in speech perception during first and second language learning Quantitative modelling of tone, intonation, and rhythm Sociophonetic analyses of accent change and development Development of speech perception in infancy and childhood

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

ESRC funding is available for three-year MPhil/PhD scholarships and for 3+1 scholarships that include a year of Master's study.

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

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