Entry Requirements Candidates should normally possess at least a good undergraduate degree in linguistics, psychology or a related subject. In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, candidates are asked to submit a personal statement.
MSc Developmental Linguistics
This programme is designed primarily for graduates with a background in linguistics and/or psychology who wish to develop their knowledge of current research on language acquisition (first, second, bilingual, and impaired) and language change from a cognitive perspective and from the point of view of current linguistic theories.
The strengths of our programme are its scope (with equal emphasis on first and second language acquisition and bilingualism), interdisciplinary (teaching staff drawn from Linguistics, Psychology and Informatics) and skill-oriented training (through methodology courses, lab sessions and project work).
The programme provides training in experimental research skills which will enable students to carry out novel research in these fields.
How You Will Be Taught
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorial sessions, project work and written assignments.
Core Courses (80 credits)
-Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
-Introduction to Syntax
-Introduction to Statistics and Experimental Design
-Psychology of Language Learning
-First Language Acquisition
-Second Language Acquisition
Option courses (at least 3 courses, 40 credits required)
-Advanced Topics in Phonetics: Speech Production and Perception
-Advanced Topics in Semantics
-Advanced Topics in Syntax
-Disorders of Language Functions
-Language and Identity in Bilingual Settings
-Maturational Constraints on Language Acquisition
-Origins and Evolution of Language
-Visual Word Recognition