M.Sc. On Campus


The University of Edinburgh

12 months
26300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Linguistics program offered by The University of Edinburgh gives you all of the intellectual and practical skills to engage in linguistics research, either by itself, or as part of cross-disciplinary research.


We offer a strong focus on theoretical understanding, drawing on the expertise of the department which is particularly strong in theory development.

Additionally, you will acquire the necessary empirical skills to complement your theoretical understanding.


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).

Key aims and skills

The key aims of the Linguistics program offered by The University of Edinburgh are to:

  • provide integrated specialist knowledge in core areas of linguistics
  • establish a foundation for advanced research in those areas
  • provide a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of research in theoretical and descriptive linguistics
  • develop analytical skills in an interdisciplinary context

Graduates from our programme will understand how to:

  • analyse key data in core areas of linguistics
  • theorise such data
  • exploit empirical methods to test their theories

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 (for example, Developmental Linguistics, Sociolinguistics).

Career prospects

This MSc can lead to a variety of career options depending upon your chosen focus.

Programme Structure

This programme is best suited to applicants whose academic background is in:

  • linguistics
  • English language
  • philology
  • cognitive science

It is also suitable for applicants from other academic backgrounds looking for a conversion course that will provide an intensive foundation in linguistics.

This programme is not suitable for applicants wishing to pursue supplementary training in the areas of translation studies or teaching English as a foreign language.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

 There are 3 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, in theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, modern languages, English language, cognitive science or psychology.

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.


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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