Taught course


University of Essex · Department of Language and Linguistics

Entry requirements

2.2 honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides a thorough grounding in research on human language processing and the representation of language in the brain and language disorders. You investigate similarities and differences in the processing of sounds, words and sentences, look at different kinds of language impairment (for example, aphasia, specific language impairment or Williams Syndrome) and investigate the relevance of data from human language processing and language disorders to our understanding of the nature of language, for example, on issues such as the modularity of language.

Our Department of Language and Linguistics offers an outstanding teaching and research environment. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), we were rated as producing the highest proportion of world-leading linguistics research of any university in the UK and we were ranked ninth in the UK in the 2012 National Student Survey.

Our students are taught, supported and supervised by staff with an international reputation for being at the forefront of research in a wide range of areas. This means we provide an active and stimulating environment for your studies. We have a strong research group culture and run a weekly Departmental Seminar, which regularly features eminent outside speakers

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
9-12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (16000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719