Research course

English Language (Masters by Research)

University of Edinburgh · School of Philosophy, Psychology and Languages Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Previous undergraduate degree in English Language or linguistics, or a closely related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers the opportunity to focus in detail on an area of your choosing in the synchronic or diachronic study of English, while still being able to take some taught courses.

It is intended for those who already have a good background in the study of English, typically from undergraduate study.

The main part of the programme will involve you writing a dissertation, and you should have an idea of the topic or area that you would like to write about when you apply.

You will be supported in developing this topic during the year by your supervisor and by dedicated training in research methodology. You will also be able to take courses from the wide range of subjects taught at Masters level within Linguistics & English Language.

This is one of three MSc by Research programmes offered in Linguistics and English Language, and you should choose this programme if you wish to specialise in an area of English language or English linguistics.

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Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

PPLS Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 131 651 5002