Linguistics and English Language

MSc Applied Linguistics

This programme has a strong emphasis on developing skills and knowledge that can be applied in professional settings

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Why study applied linguistics at Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the world’s top 5 universities for linguistics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.
  • Linguistics research at Edinburgh ranks 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK in the THE ranking by subject of the REF 2014.
  • You will be part of a learning community which includes one of the largest concentration of language scientists in the UK
  • Edinburgh was the first UK university to offer a programme in Applied Linguistics

Programme overview

This is an intensive one-year programme in what may be termed 'socially relevant Linguistics'

Programme structure and assessment

This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation


As a postgraduate student you will have access to a wide range of research resources and state-of-the-art facilities

Learning outcomes and careers

This programme provides you with a range of knowledge and skills to prepare you for a variety of career paths

Help with your application

When applying you should include a personal statement detailing your academic abilities and your reasons for applying for the programme

Programme teaching staff

Staff profiles of those involved in teaching on the programme

Contact us

Please get in touch with us should you have any questions about the programme

Find out more

Fees, funding and how to apply