12 months
26300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
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The Phonetics programme offered by The University of Edinburgh will give you a comprehensive grounding in the theory and practice of phonetics.

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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?

You will learn the core phonetic topics of:

  • speech production
  • speech acoustics
  • speech perception

You will also learn how phonetics relates to many other language-related disciplines.

Key aims and skills

The Phonetics programme offered by The University of Edinburgh  has a strong practical emphasis. It is designed primarily for graduates wishing to continue studying phonetics at PhD level, and for those wishing to use phonetics as a tool for investigation in related fields, including historical linguistics, phonology, developmental linguistics, psychology and speech technology.

The taught MSc in Phonetics will provide you with an intensive grounding in:

  • phonetics and related disciplines
  • its methodologies
  • research questions
  • techniques of research

Career opportunities

This course is primarily as a conversion course if you are looking to do serious postgraduate work in:

  • phonetics
  • speech pathology
  • speech processing
  • forensic linguistics
  • related fields

You will also receive training in practical skills, for example statistics and computational techniques, which could be relevant for a variety of different fields.

Programme Structure

Courses will include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • lab practicals

Assessment is by:

  • coursework
  • project and/or exams
  • a dissertation project

At the dissertation stage, you are assigned a supervisor with whom you meet to plan your reading and to discuss your work.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • There are 2 admission 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 linguistics, psychology, computer science or a related field.

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 tuition 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.

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