Linguistics and English Language

On-campus students

What to do when you arrive


Matriculation is the process by which you are formally admitted to the University. There are two stages to this process:

1. Register

In most cases, you will be able to do this before you arrive at the University.

How to register as a student

2. Attend your programme induction

In order to have your registration 'fully confirmed' you must attend one of the programme induction sessions, further details below.

Meet with your Personal Tutor

You will meet with your Personal Tutor during Welcome Week. Your Personal Tutor will typically be the Programme Director or a member of the teaching staff on your programe. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor prior to Welcome Week and this will be reflected on your record. You will have the opportunity to meet with them (and your Programme Director) at the programme induction sessions.

You should also attend the relevant induction sessions as detailed in the events timetable.

MSc students

An initial programme meeting will take place as detailed on the events timetable and from there you will be able to make an appointment to meet with your Personal Tutor individually. At this meeting, you will discuss and confirm your course choices.

Research students (PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research)

All research students should meet with their supervisor during Welcome Week to confirm the plan for their studies.

MSc by Research students should confirm their study route during these meetings.

Welcome Week 2020

Welcome Week takes place one week ahead of the start of the academic semester and is an important and fun week to help you prepare for your studies.

University of Edinburgh Events App

Download the University's app to view all Welcome Week events and create a personalised timetable.

Essential induction events within the School of PPLS are included, as well as social activities.

University of Edinburgh Events App

If you are not using the Events App, you can view Welcome events for new postgraduates in the School of PPLS in the pdf below: 

Information for all new students

Find all of the information and resources you need to help you get ready to start University.  

University of Edinburgh New Students Website

Online IAD Workshops for Postgraduate Taught Students

The Institute of Academic Development (IAD) are running their popular pre-arrival sessions again. The sessions are repeated three times over three weeks and introduce the expectations of working at Masters level, focussing on Critical Thinking, Writing at PGT level and Getting Started with the Library.

Find details of the all the workshops, booking information and available dates on the IAD website:

IAD open workshop sessions


You are joining a diverse and supportive community of staff and students in the School. Find out more about the help available to you and connect with your peers.

School of PPLS Community

Student Support


PPLS postgraduate students Elizabeth, Eris and Vania talk about what it is like to be a student at the University of Edinburgh.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding matriculation please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Postgraduate Office enquiries

Contact details



Room G.05
Dugald Stewart Building


  • Monday to Friday:
    9.30 am to 12.30 pm
    1.30 pm to 5.00 pm

    If you would like to talk to a member of the team, please email us and we will respond as quickly as possible.