Linguistics and English Language

Online distance learners

Getting started as an online learner

The University has a dedicated website for new online learners to help you get started.

 Online Students | University of Edinburgh


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 start at the University.

How to register as a student

2. Confirm your attendance and sign up for courses

You must arrange a Skype meeting with your Programme Director to take place during Welcome Week (14-18 September 2020) to have a chat about the year ahead and decide on course enrolments.  

Programme Director Programme Tel Email
Dr Alasdair Richmond MSc Epistemology, Ethics and Mind

+44 (0)131 650 3651
Dr Fedor Benevich MSc Philosophy, Science and Religion +44 (0)131 650 3649

Induction Events and Materials

The induction events and materials will be available on the University's service called Learn the week commencing Monday 14 September 2020. 

Once on Learn, under the 'Induction' tab of the hub page, you will find information and activities for you to complete such as 

  • meet and greet sessions with our teaching assistants
  • induction discussion forums
  • trying out your personal journal 

Blackboard Learn - the University's Virtual Learning Environment

Late Matriculation 

It is vital that you contact Student Administration as soon as possible to confirm your matriculation.

You also need to contact the PPLS Postgraduate Office so we can confirm your attendance and ensure that you are registered on the correct courses.

You also need to arrange a Skype meeting with your Personal Tutor.

Student Administration

School Postgraduate Office


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.