Linguistics and English Language

Our postgraduate community

Get to know our vibrant, international and welcoming community.

Our department


Edinburgh is a world centre for teaching and research in Linguistics and English Language. 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 with around 95 researchers in our faculty, and we teach and research a wide range of areas, from philology all the way through to engineering. 

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Research and impact in Linguistics and English Language

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We produce world-class research, and we are committed to using this research to engage and inspire people beyond academia. Our researchers work with practitioners in health, policy, education and the arts to make a difference.

As a Linguistics and/or English Language student, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in research at Edinburgh by attending regular seminars and reading groups to discuss a range of topics relating to your study interests alongside faculty staff and students. The department also hosts regular professional development seminars where members of faculty share advice about research, teaching, and other skills required for an academic career.

Read about Linguistics and English Language research and impact

Find out about research seminars and reading groups

Your student experience

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As a student in the department, you will be part of a thriving and diverse community within the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS). Students are invited to join WhatsApp and/or Discord groups to connect with fellow classmates, and our Linguisitcs society, LingSoc, organises regular events throughout the year.

You will have access to a range of dedicated labs and facilities, many of which include state-of-the-art software and equipment, to support your studies and enable cutting edge research.

With around 90 students studying across our MSc programmes, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people, develop your subject-area knowledge and have fun in a welcoming and supportive environment.

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Labs and facilities for students

Life after graduation


Review our alumni profiles and find out what students do after their linguistics and/or English language degree.

Spotlight on alumni

Our School on social media

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Find out about latest research, news and student life by connecting with us on social.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our School Postgraduate Office who deal with admissions as well as on-programme administration. If you would like to meet staff and students to find out more about studying philosophy and student life at Edinburgh, check dates for upcoming open days and visits.

Postgraduate Office

Open Days