Taught course

Language Sciences

University of Reading · Department of Clinical Language Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a good first or upper second class (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a related field such as linguistics, psychology, medical sciences or education. Evidence of recent study is normally required if the first degree was completed more than four years previously.

Months of entry


Course content

Language is at the heart of human life; study a subject crucial to our understanding of ourselves as individuals, as members of society, and as a species. At the University of Reading you will benefit from excellent teaching informed by cutting-edge research; 98% of our research submission was judged to be of international standing in a recent national assessment. A purpose-built NHS speech and language clinic on campus means that you can access first-class observational facilities, a well-equipped speech research laboratory and a new sound recording room. Furthermore, we are closely associated with the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics and the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism. These provide state-of-the-art facilities including eye-tracking, EER, fMRI and TMS, and a rich multidisciplinary research environment. Additionally, you can benefit from excellent and varied placement opportunities. This is thanks to our close relationship with local speech and language therapy services and the large proportion of our staff who are qualified and practising speech and language therapists.

• Take a set of compulsory modules and gain in-depth specialisation in one of three streams: neuroscience, developmental or multilingualism • The neuroscience stream enables you to explore advances in neuroscience research • The developmental stream focuses on language development and disorders • The multilingualism stream provides a multidisciplinary programme focusing on linguistic, cognitive and pedagogical aspects of multilingualism

Our programmes are highly relevant for your future career. The MSc in Language Sciences will prepare you for doctoral research across the range of language sciences and a career as a research scientist. The combination of linguistics knowledge, training in statistics and strong analytical skills acquired in this programme is also particularly applicable to careers involving research management, such as government and market research, as well as roles in the education and health sectors.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required: IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Speech and Language Therapy