Taught course

English Language

University of Edinburgh · School of Philosophy, Psychology and Languages Science

Entry requirements

A good first degree in a broadly relevant discipline, for example any modern or classical language, English literature, or history. Candidates are encouraged to contact the programme director with any questions about the suitability of entry qualifications. In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, candidates are asked to submit a personal statement.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers an intensive course in key aspects of the linguistics of English for those who have not had the opportunity for such in-depth study before.

The programme focuses initially on the structure of English, and also offers option courses on aspects of the history of English, on current varieties of the language and on a good number of approaches to the study of the language and English linguistics. Students can also choose option courses from a wide range of other areas of linguistic study. The MSc can function either as a stand-alone masters qualification or as a basis for further postgraduate study (typically at PhD level).

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

PPLS Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 131 651 5002