• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time+Part Time

For psychology graduates who wish to enhance their research training and their understanding of the psychology of language.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


Psycholinguistics – Science on language, human mind, and society: This programme is suited to both people with a Psychology undergraduate degree and those with a degree in a related subject (e.g., Linguistics; Education; Language & Speech Therapy; Computer Science).

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The programme will lead to the award of the MSc in Psychology of Language. Psycholinguistics, the scientific study of the psychology of language, is one of the most important areas of cognitive psychology. How we produce, understand, acquire, and use language, and how these processes are affected by ageing and brain damage, are core topics in understanding human behaviour.

In addition to its theoretical interest, psycholinguistics has several important applications, including how a second language should best be taught, how children should be taught to learn to read and write, artificial intelligence, computer-assisted communication, and the treatment of developmental and acquired language disorders. Such applications ensure that there is a wealth of professional career paths available to postgraduates in the area in addition to an academic career.

We have specialised equipment, dedicated laboratories and world class research facilities. These include EEG labs, many eye tracking systems, 2D and 3D movement tracking systems, and offsite fMRI access via the Clinical Research Centre at Ninewells Teaching Hospital. Learn more about our research facilities.

Why study this course at Dundee?

At Dundee, you will benefit from dedicated MSc social and study areas, an active student society, and will be taught by academic staff who are the forefront of psychological research. You will have access to state of the art research equipment for, for example, tracking eye movements to measure attention, measuring brain activity, or conducting surveys and observational studies.

We are a small friendly department who offer focused teaching and research in psychology. This means that we get to know our students, and can provide them with the individual support they need throughout their studies. 

We are also situated in the School of Social Sciences, which will allow you to meet and socialise with students from other disciplines (e.g. business, geography, law, politics, and economics) and to attend seminars outwith psychology. This will allow you to situate your learning in a broader social context, as well as to network and make contacts across disciplines. 

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

All our assessments are coursework-based, including essays, presentations, group work, and a research dissertation.

  • Lectures
  • In-class group work
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Talks by invited speakers

What you will study

Students will take the following modules:

Core Modules

This is a research assistantship, learning about the design, running and analysis of an experiment. You will participate in ongoing research in a Psychology or Computing lab or in a real-world setting. This is an opportunity to add to your portfolio of research skills.

(20 credits)

By the end of the module, you will be able to survey, review, and critique psychological literature; understand ethical issues in research; generate research ideas, evaluate them, and present a coherent case for a research project. You will have the opportunity to develop your ability and confidence in presenting your work in group presentations, written work and research posters. Assessment is 100% coursework.

(20 credits)

Approaches to collecting and analysing qualitative data, including interviewing (open, semi-structured or structured), ethnographic methods, single and multiple case studies, action research, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, textual analysis, content analysis, focus groups, and analysis of audio and video recordings. The class will involve student presentations and much classroom discussion. Formal assessment for this module takes the form of coursework exercises that require you to demonstrate knowledge about a broad range of methodological perspectives and debates.

(20 credits)

You will undertake a substantial individual research project. Assessment is via a written dissertation and a poster presentation.

(60 credits)

This module will provide an understanding of statistical analyses used in psychological research. Quantitative statistics methods will be explained on a high conceptual level, aiming for students to see links between particular analyses. Using this knowledge, students are encouraged to explore and interpret statistical output as well as clearly present the results. Topics will be taught in the context of design issues and students will analyse published data and replicate research findings. Classes will last two hours combining both lecture and computer workshop methods of teaching. To foster learning, weekly quizzes will be given and knowledge will be assessed using a range of methods such as poster and open-ended questions.

(20 credits)

Advanced modules

You will also select two advanced modules, usually from the following:

Please consider that this list is subject to changes.

You will learn to analyse reading development from a biological, cognitive and behavioural point of view, and to consider the implications of this research for practical educational questions concerning the definition, assessment and treatment of reading difficulties.

Topics usually include:

  • definitions of dyslexia
  • brain areas involved in reading
  • interventions
  • visual attention and reading

(20 credits)

Gesture, Cognition and Communication will introduce you to the ubiquitous phenomenon of gesture and asks the question ‘Why do we gesture?’ by exploring the communicative and the cognitive functions that gestures play.

Allows students to better understand the nature of communication and cognition from a comparative psychology viewpoint, developing understanding of a variety of contemporary topics in behaviours of domestic cats (Felis catus) and dogs (Canis familiaris) (e.g. perception, action, cognition, communication). Includes situating human communication and cognition with a comparative psychology framework, and contemporary approaches to cat and dog behaviours (e.g. perception, action, cognition, communication).

(20 credits)

Students from this course have gone on to do PhDs and have used the qualification to improve their chances of getting on to clinical and educational psychology courses. Several students take the course to improve their chances of getting jobs as support workers and Assistant Psychologists. The higher degree also generally improves job prospects when competing against other Psychology graduates in other fields of business.

You should hold, or expect to hold a first or second class honours degree in Psychology or another degree that includes a substantial Psychology component.If you have any questions, please contact Dr Yuki Kamide.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,300 per year of study
Rest of UK students £7,300 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £18,150 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course code
Apply nowPsychology of Language MScP043568

Course Contact

Dr Yuki Kamide
Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 384614

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