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MSc Evolution of Language & Cognition

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1 Year
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
19000 GBP
National
8500 GBP
EU
8500 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GMAT (avg)600
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About this course

Joining our world-leading Language Evolution and Computation (LEC) research unit, you will investigate the origins and evolution of human language, tackling questions such as ‘what is it that makes us human?’, ‘how did our brains evolve?’ and ‘what are the origins of human language?’.

The LEC is at the cutting edge of research in this area and one of the world’s biggest research groups working on language evolution. You will have the opportunity to become involved with the unit’s research effort, and to make your own contribution to this dynamic field through your dissertation. The programme focuses on a treatment of language as a dynamic evolving system, bringing together origins, acquisition and change.

It provides a broad introduction to the field of language evolution and cognitive evolution, and can form the basis for further (typically PhD) study for those wishing to continue their research. The programme draws on many disciplines in the University, including archaeology, biology, linguistics, neuroscience, informatics, philosophy and psychology.

Career opportunities
This programme provides solid grounding for further research in many associated areas, such as linguistics, cognitive sciences and human evolution.

 

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Eligibility Criteria

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent.


English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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Course Modules

The programme involves two taught semesters and your own research dissertation. Four compulsory courses (in addition to the compulsory dissertation) provide a solid foundation, while optional courses allow you to explore your own areas of interest.

The taught element is delivered through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions. Assessment is by written/project work and examination.

Compulsory courses:

  • Current Issues in Language Evolution
  • Foundations of Evolution
  • Origins and Evolution of Language
  • Simulating Language

Option courses may include:

  • Brains and Cognition
  • Computer Programming for Speech and Language Processing
  • Concepts and Categorisation
  • Diachronic Linguistics
  • Dialogue
  • Experimental Pragmatics
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Human Evolution
  • Introduction to Phonology and Phonetics
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Introduction to Statistics and Experimental Design
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • Language Behaviours
  • Linguistic Reconstruction and Language Classification
  • Pragmatics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Psychology of Language Learning
  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R

You may also be able to take a course from other degree programmes in the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, and in some cases from elsewhere in the University.

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How to Apply

  • You must submit a reference with your application.
  • You will be asked to add contact details for your referees. We will email them with information on how to upload their reference directly to your online application.
  • In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, you should include a personal statement detailing the background of your interest and why you are attracted to the programme.

 

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