A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.
Months of entry
This MSc gives students all of the intellectual and practical skills to engage in linguistics research, either for its own sake, or as part of cross-disciplinary research.
Students graduating from our programme will understand how to analyse key data in syntax, semantics, phonology, and morphology, how to theorise such data, and how to exploit empirical methods to test their theories.
The key aims of the programme are to:
- provide specialist knowledge within the fields of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics
- integrate relevant knowledge in those fields
- establish a foundation for advanced research within phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics
- provide a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of research in theoretical and descriptive linguistics
- develop the students’ analytical skills in an interdisciplinary context
We offer a strong focus on theoretical understanding: students will learn how to analyse data in the context of current theoretical understanding of linguistic structure at all levels, drawing on the expertise of the department, which is particularly strong in theory development, and will be well placed to compare and evaluate competing proposals, both from within the same theoretical model, and from competing models. Additionally, students will acquire the necessary data-elicitation skills, and skills in naturally occurring data in corpora.
All of these skills provide a firm foundation for further PhD study, either in Linguistics or in a related discipline that makes heavy use of core Linguistics (e.g. Developmental Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, etc.).
The programme is best suited to applicants whose academic background is in Linguistics, English Language, Philology or Cognitive Science.
Information for international students
To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: International Applicants
Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- PPLS Postgraduate Office