School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences

About us

An overview of the school and key members of the management team

The School comprises Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (Linguistics and English Language). The school aims to maintain its internationally-renowned reputation for research and to use this as a solid foundation for teaching.

All of the School's subjects rank top 5 in the UK and top 30 in the world (The THE World University Rankings 2018 by subject results).

There are over 100 academic staff within the School, and the breadth of expertise ranges from analytic philosophy and the study of English language, through theoretical and applied linguistics and experimental psychology, to cognitive neurosciences and genetic influences on human behaviour.

The School is unique in offering outstanding opportunities for inter-disciplinary teaching and in pioneering novel forms of research that reach across traditional boundaries.

Each year, the School welcomes a diverse mix of over 1,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students from around the world. The School has well-established links with other areas of the University such as Clinical Neuroscience, Medicine, Informatics and Edinburgh College of Art.

All subject areas have active links with research organizations outwith the University, and a broad network of collaboration with a range of universities around the globe. The School offers extensive support for academics, including dedicated undergraduate and postgraduate teaching offices, research and knowledge exchange support team and IT resources team.

The School facilities include a range of specialist laboratories and a well-stocked and resourced School library which is supported by a full-time librarian. This is in addition to the nearby University central library. The School is located across two buildings set in the heart of the University’s George Square campus.

The School is part of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 

School Management Committee

Head of School Professor Holly Branigan
Deputy Head of School Professor Bettelou Los
Director of Professional Services Mrs Margarida Teixeira-Dias
Head of Operations Mr Steven McGauley
Head of Philosophy Professor Michael Gill
Head of Psychology Dr Sarah E MacPherson
Head of Linguistics and English Language Professor Simon Kirby
Undergraduate Director Dr Steve Loughnan
Postgraduate Director Dr Alistair Isaac
Director of Research Professor Martin Pickering
Senior Tutor Dr Sue Widdicombe
Knowledge Exchange Director Dr Mark Sprevak
Director of Quality Assurance Dr Claire Cowie
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Director

Dr Helena Radke

Equality and Diversity

We are committed to equal and fair treatment of all staff and students


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