Research course

Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences

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

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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 uses both behavioural and neuroimaging approaches for speech perception and hearing research and 'acoustic analysis' as an approach for speech production research.

Research areas

  • 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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    60 months
      full time
      36 months

      Course contact details

      Mr Richard Jardine
      +44 (0)20 7679 4245