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Why study Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh?

Why study Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh?

  • We’re ranked in the world’s top 5 universities for linguistics (QS World University Rankings by subject 2019), and ranked as part of the top Language Sciences department in the UK thanks to world-leading research in English Language and Linguistics (THE Rankings of the REF 2014).
  • Benefit from a tradition of excellence in teaching, a historic location, modern facilities and cutting-edge research from world-leading academics.
  • We host three research centres: the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics, which examines how language changes and what drives linguistic change; Bilingualism Matters, a hub for an international network of experts on bilingualism and bilingual language acquisition; and the Centre for Language Evolution, famous for studying how language evolves in the lab.
  • Our postgraduate community of over 400 students is international, making the School the ideal environment in which to share ideas, collaborate on research, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded individuals.
  • You get to study in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Edinburgh offers a historical heart with a thriving, modern culture and is consistently voted the most desirable place to live in Britain. Our School is a thriving, vibrant hub of intellectual and cultural life.
Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh

Explore our diverse programmes

We offer the following taught postgraduate programmes in linguistics and English language:

MSc Applied Linguistics

You will examine language use in a variety of social settings including language use in everyday conversation, in educational settings and in medical settings.

MSc Developmental Linguistics

This programme offers knowledge and research skills in understanding how our linguistic competence changes as we acquire or lose language at various points in our lifespan.

MSc English Language

You will delve deeper into the structure of the English language's phonology, syntax and semantics and modern and historical development, exploring in depth a global language with a rich history and great social and geographical variation.

MSc Evolution of Language and Cognition

What is it that makes us human? How did our brains evolve? What are the origins of human language? These are some of the questions, which are at the heart of the recent renaissance in the scientific study of the origins and evolution of human language, which you will explore.

MSc Linguistics

This highly flexible MSc draws on the University's unparalleled research expertise in Linguistics and enables you the flexibility to choose courses to suit your interest and career aims.

MSc Phonetics

You will learn the core phonetic topics of speech production, speech acoustics, and speech perception, and will learn how phonetics relates to many other language-related disciplines.

MSc Psychology of Language

You will develop an advanced understanding of current research in psycholinguistics, and gain up-to-date knowledge of a broad range of areas of the psychology of language. You will also acquire the statistical and methodological skills that allow you to conduct novel research in this field.

MSc Speech and Language Processing

The programme covers all areas of speech and language processing, from phonetics, speech synthesis and speech recognition, to natural language generation and machine translation.

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