Linguistics and English Language

About us

General information about Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh is a world centre for teaching and research in Linguistics and English Language.
  • We're ranked 3rd in the UK (and 5th in the world) for Linguistics and 3rd in the UK (and 7th in the world) for English language and literature (QS World University Rankings by subject 2021).

  • We were one of the first universities to teach Linguistics in Britain, and there are long traditions of work investigating the history and structure of English. We are one of the largest departments in Europe and we teach and research a wide range of areas, from philology all the way through to engineering.

Equality and Diversity

Since 2012, the School has been building awareness and support of policies and actions to improve experience of the workplace for all staff and students. These actions are in line with the University of Edinburgh's Equality and Diversity policy:

We in PPLS align with the University’s condemnation of all racism:


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