Research course

Linguistics & English Language

University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh is the pre-eminent department for the study of both Linguistics and English Language in the UK, having ranked top in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

We can offer expert supervision across a wide range of topics. Potential applicants should look through the department's webpages to see the range of research that is conducted in LEL and that we can supervise. A sample of the areas covered is listed below:

  • Developmental linguistics, including first and second language acquisition.
  • Discourse Analysis.
  • Historical English Linguistics, including the syntax, morphology, and phonology from the earliest periods to the present day.
  • Language evolution. The study of the evolution of language was pioneered at Edinburgh.
  • Morphology, including word formation, in particular of English and the Germanic languages.
  • Phonetics and phonology, including diachronic phonology and the phonology of varieties of English and their history.
  • Scots.
  • Sociolinguistics.
  • Speech technology.
  • Syntax and semantics, including theoretical syntax, descriptive syntax of English, diachronic syntax and both lexical and formal semantics.
  • Varieties of English, including British varieties and international varieties of English.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
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