Linguistics and English Language

MSc Developmental Linguistics

Understanding the use and development of language at all stages of life

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Why study Developmental Linguistics at Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the world’s top 5 universities for linguistics (QS World University Rankings by subject 2019)
  • 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 the largest concentration of language scientists in the UK
  • You will be taught by world-class experts in Linguistics, Psychology and other related subject areas at the University

Programme overview

An opportunity to choose from a range of courses in this interdisciplinary programme

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

I could not have asked for anything better than this Master's! I enjoyed and deeply appreciated both the academic side (lectures, professors, materials, tutoring) and everything that surrounded it (societies, activities, events)

Elena Grossi

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Fees, funding and how to apply