Taught course

Language Sciences

University of Reading · Department of Clinical Language Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK, in a related field such as linguistics, psychology, medical sciences, education, or speech and language therapy. Other degree subjects may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Evidence of recent study is normally required if the first degree, or a subsequent postgraduate degree, was completed more than five years ago.

Months of entry


Course content

Our flexible MSc Language Sciences programme is aimed at graduates and professionals who work in language-related careers and seek in-depth specialised knowledge in the language sciences. Study one of our three areas of international expertise: the neuroscience of language, language development and disorders, or multilingualism.

Leading experts will instruct you on the core areas within the language sciences. Building on this knowledge in linguistics and psycholinguistics, you will choose one of three dedicated pathways:

  • Neuroscience of language

This pathway will introduce you to current advances in cognitive neuroscience, including functional MRI and the electrophysiology of language.

  • Language development and disorders

This pathway will focus on language development and disorders, including developmental language disorders during language acquisition, and acquired language disorders such as aphasia.

  • Multilingualism

This pathway provides a flexible multidisciplinary course focusing on linguistic and cognitive aspects of multilingualism.

You will have access to a wide range of facilities for experimental and other empirical work in the language sciences. These include eye-tracking, EEG and MRI facilities, numerous computer labs and clinic rooms. Your chosen pathway will guide which laboratory you work in.

This programme also includes a research placement module that will give you the opportunity to work in one of our research laboratories for course credit. While on placement, you can work on projects within the fields of psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics, multilingualism, language development and language impairment.

MSc Language Sciences is ideal for preparing graduates in linguistics, speech and language therapy, psychology, education and allied disciplines for research-related careers and PhD study in the language sciences. It is also appropriate if you are a professional already working in speech and language therapy and would like to update your knowledge of the language sciences.

Overall, 99% of graduates from Psychology are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation; of those in full-time employment, 96% are in graduate-level roles. (Based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2022, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20; includes postgraduate [taught] Psychology responders)

Research impact

The University of Reading is host to the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) and the Centre for Integrated Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN). Both of these world-class research centres inform our teaching, and staff from both CINN and CeLM teach on this master's programme.

MSc Language Sciences reflects the cutting-edge work carried out by key members of staff. Our research encompasses fields such as language acquisition and processing in monolingual and multilingual environments, language and literacy development, the neuroscience of language and multilingualism, and the development of cognition and its relation to language at the beginning and end of the lifespan. We also have strong expertise in language impairment, including fluency disorders, developmental language disorder, language in autism, and acquired language disorders in adulthood, including aphasia and language impairment in Alzheimer’s disease/dementia.


This course is recognised as a member of the Linguistics Pathway for the ESRC South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS). SeNSS provides funding for UK and international students interested in PhD research. This means that students on the MSc Languages Sciences who are interested in continuing onto PhD studies are eligible to apply for PhD funding via the SenSS Linguistics Pathway.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government's guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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