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Language Acquisition and Development MSc


Course facts

  • Name: Language Acquisition and Development
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: MSc: 1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time.

This new Language Acquisition and Development MSc course is the first master’s programme in Wales to offer courses in typical and atypical language development in both monolingual and bilingual (simultaneous and sequential) populations. It consists of a taught component including a combination of core and optional modules, and a research dissertation of 20,000 words.

The Language Acquisition and Development MSc course aims to develop your understanding of monolingual and bilingual development and acquisition in typically-developing children, in adults, as well as children with language impairments. The purpose of the MSc programme is to provide you with the necessary theoretical and methodological skills to undertake research in this field.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Compulsory Modules:

Language Acquisition: The main objective of this module is to introduce you to central questions in language acquisition research (e.g. How do we learn the meaning of words? What are the advantages of bringing up a child bilingually? Are children better language learners than adults?). The focus will be on first language (L1) acquisition.

Research Methods in Linguistics: This module aims at equipping you with the necessary foundations and tools to design and carry out experimental research within linguistics, as well as preparing for your dissertation.

Optional Modules vary from year to year, and include: 

  • L2 Speech Learning
  • Current Issues in Bilingualism
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Pathology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Models of Sentence Processing
  • Phonology in Bilingual Acquisition
  • Language Contact and Bilinguals

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Language Acquisition and Development Modules page.

Entry Requirements

A 2.ii undergraduate degree in linguistics or a related area normally required. Applicants who do not speak English as their native language must pass the IELTS English test with a score of 6.0 in all four components. Students who have an overall score of 5.5 on the IELTS can take a summer pre-sessional course in the University’s English Language Centre for Overseas Students (ELCOS).


How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here. For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer. If you are making an application for one of our professional courses, which has limited place availability, you are advised to contact the academic school for advice on the final dates for applications.

Careers and Employability

Successful completion of the programme will provide you with the requisite skills, understanding, and knowledge to work effectively and increase your employability in organisations working with bilingual populations and second language learners with and without language impairment, such as speech and language therapists and teachers.

Further information

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