The MA in Psycho- and Neurolinguistics provides a thorough grounding in research on human language processing, the representation of language in the brain and language disorders. It investigates similarities and differences in the processing of sounds, words and sentences, looks at different kinds of language impairment and investigates the relevance of data from human language processing and language disorders to our understanding of the nature of language.
Modules and Options
The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.
Compulsory: COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
Compulsory: EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS
Compulsory: FOUNDATIONS OF LINGUISTICS
Compulsory: LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN ADULTS
Compulsory: SENTENCE PROCESSING
Compulsory: THE MENTAL LEXICON
Core: DISSERTATION: MA
DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE PROCESSING
DEVELOPMENTAL LANGUAGE DISORDERS
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT
PHONOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND PHONOLOGICAL DISORDERS
VERB MEANING AND SENTENCE STRUCTURE
Teaching and Assessment Methods
A: Knowledge and Understanding
A1 : familiarity with approaches to the study of language adopted in contemporary work in linguistics
A2 : knowledge of key concepts, issues, ideas, theories, styles of argumentation and evaluation criteria used in contemporary linguistically informed research in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics
A3 : knowledge of methods and tools employed in contemporary linguistically informed research in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics to collect, analyse and present data with the goal of formulating and testing research hypotheses
A1-3 are addressed in lectures, as well as seminar, class and tutorial discussion. Web and instructional course materials, including library and internet materials are used to achieve A1 and 2. There is also office and email consultation with staff as well as written and oral feedback on work.
A1-3 are assessed by written coursework in the form of essays (usually a 3000 word essay per course) and exercises. The dissertation is instrumental in the achievement of A3, being the most significant form of assessment with respect to knowledge and understanding acquired in the taught part of the course.
B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
B1 : Critically evaluate theories, accounts, explanations, approaches, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between theory and data
B2 : Abstract and synthesise information from a range of sources (lectures/seminars/classes, journals, books, internet etc.) identifying those ideas or findings which are most significant
B3 : Make observations and generalisations about behaviour (or data, or other materials), and analyse relevant types of behaviour, data, or materials using specialised techniques
B1 and B3 are developed in seminars, classes and tutorials. B2 is developed in directed reading of library and internet materials, as well as printed instructional course materials. There is also office and email consultation with staff, as well as written and oral feedback on work.
B1-3 are assessed by written coursework in the form of essays (usually a 3000 word essay per course) and exercises. In its development of advanced intellectual and cognititve skills, the dissertation is central in assessing B2 and B3.
C: Practical Skills
C1 : retrieve information from a variety of sources (e.g. Library, WWW, CD-Rom)
C2 : utilise techniques and tools relevant to the collection, analysis and presentation of materials or data, with a minimum of guidance
C3 : propose, plan, undertake, write up and present an independent survey or report (e.g. on research undertaken individually or in collaboration with others, or on a case study), with a minimum of guidance
Throughout the scheme practical skills C1-3 are developed through independent learning in preparation for classes, seminars, essays and presentations. In particular, these skills are mobilised in preparation for tutorials for the dissertation. Office and email consultation with staff, as well as written/oral feedback on work is provided through both the coursework and dissertation phases of the degree.
Coursework and essays play an important part in the assessment of all skills C1-3. It is in marking of the dissertation, however, that these skills - particular C2 and C3 - become particularly salient.
D: Key Skills
D1 : Communicating complex ideas effectively in writing, writing essays, reports and reviews using the appropriate register and style.
D2 : Using advanced computational tools and software packages to obtain, store and process information stored in electronic form (e.g. from the Library, WWW or CD-rom), and (where appropriate) to analyse data and results
D3 : Under guidance, interpreting complex statistical information presented in the form of diagrams, tables and graphs
D4 : Analysing data-sets or behaviour, abstracting generalisations and testing hypotheses
D6 : Under guidance, working independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management, and undertaking a self-critical programme of self-directed study
The key skills, D1, D2, D4 and D6 are taught throughout the scheme in preparation for lectures, seminars, tutorials and coursework assignments. Oral presentations in class may be used to develop skills of oral communication in parallel with D1; students are also encouraged to collaborate with others to achieve common goals e.g. in project planning, management and presentation. Seminars and tutorials are used to develop D3 and D4. There is also office and email consultation with staff, as well as written/oral feedback on work.
Coursework essays are used in the development of all key skills D1 to D4 and D6. Coursework exercises specifically develop D3 and D4. The dissertation constitutes an overall assessment of these skills in judging communication, problem solving and independent learning.