12 months
26300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Developmental Linguistics program offered by The University of Edinburgh will develop your understanding of how language knowledge changes as people acquire or lose language at various points in their life.

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In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), Linguistics research at Edinburgh is ranked 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK (Times Higher Education, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Rank order by GPA).

What will I learn?

The Developmental Linguistics program offered by The University of Edinburgh  is designed primarily for graduates with a background related to linguistics and/or psychology who wish to develop their knowledge of current research on language acquisition - first, second, bilingual, and impaired.

You will also look at language change from a cognitive perspective and from the point of view of current linguistic theories.

Joining a vibrant research community of developmental linguists, you will have the opportunity to carry out advanced research to try to answer questions related to the area of language development and bilingualism. These questions might include, ‘how do children learn language?’ or ‘what happens when we forget a language?’

You will benefit from the programme's strengths in:

  • Scope - which places equal emphasis on first and second language acquisition and bilingualism, making it an ideal choice for those looking to gain a broad knowledge in language development studies with focus on empirical/experimental research

  • Interdisciplinary teaching - allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests

  • Skill-oriented training - through methodology courses, lab sessions and project work, you will be equipped with cutting-edge research skills

Career opportunities

This programme will provide you with the specialised skills you need to perform research in language learning and development. It will also serve as a solid basis for doctoral study.

Recent graduates are now conducting research and working in areas such as:

  • translating and teaching braille and English as a foreign language
  • organisations including Euroschools, Global Language Services and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses

  • First Language Acquisition
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology Using R
  • Research Methods in Developmental Linguistics

Option courses

Courses may include:

  • Sentence Comprehension
  • Discourse Comprehension
  • Language Production
  • Origins and Evolution of Language
  • Simulating Language
  • Psychology of Language Learning
  • Child Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
  • Developmental Language Disorders
  • Language Evolution in the Lab

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are 4 application rounds.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, preferably in linguistics, psychology or a related subject.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees:

  • Home - £6,250
  • International/EU - £13,150

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

  • your programme
  • the duration of your studies
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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