M.Sc. On Campus

Evolution of Language and Cognition

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
26300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
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The Evolution of Language and Cognition program offered by The University of Edinburgh focuses on a treatment of language as a dynamic evolving system, bringing together origins, acquisition and change.


Joining the world-leading Centre for Language Evolution (CLE), you will investigate the origins and evolution of human language, tackling questions such as:

  • What is it that makes us human?
  • How did our brains evolve?
  • What are the origins of human language?

The CLE is at the cutting edge of research in this area and one of the world’s biggest research groups working on language evolution.

You will have the opportunity to become involved with the unit’s research effort, and to make your own contribution to this dynamic field through your dissertation.

It provides a broad introduction to the field of language evolution and can form the basis for further (typically PhD) study for those wishing to continue their research.

The Evolution of Language and Cognition program offered by The University of Edinburgh draws on many disciplines in the University, including:

  • archaeology
  • biology
  • linguistics
  • neuroscience
  • informatics
  • philosophy
  • psychology

Career opportunities

Recent graduates have gone on to roles in teaching (following further training), journalism and translation services for companies such as:

  • Pearson Education
  • BPD Training
  • ITWeb

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses

  • Origins and Evolution of Language
  • Simulating Language
  • Online Experiments for Language Scientists
  • Statistics and Experimental Design (exemption available) 
  • Research Ethics
  • Guided Research in Linguistics and English Language

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


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, in linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, computer science or biology.

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/EU: £6,250
  • Overseas/International: £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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