Linguistics and English Language

Programme structure and assessment

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

You take three 10-credit introductory courses, which provide a grounding in linguistic research skills and core grammatical analysis (students with appropriate background can opt out of these courses). These core courses are supplemented by 90 credits of option courses, which you can choose from a range designed to reflect the breadth of linguistic research conducted at Edinburgh.

Guided research

In 2020/21, we are also offering a range of Guided Research seminars in each semester, small-scale classes on a wide range of topics offering students a chance to get more acquainted with research currently taking place in the department. Teaching will mainly consist of a reading list and weekly discussions/meetings with academic staff specialising in your chosen topic.

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Most courses will be assessed through coursework. This consists of a mixture of assignments including essays, critical reviews of published work, analysis of real or mock data, and mini-research projects.


The dissertation (up to 8,000 words) is the capstone component of the programme and involves conducting original empirical research on a topic in linguistics. Students choose their topic and conduct their research in close collaboration with a supervisor. Sometimes dissertations are subsequently published as journal articles. Over 20 staff within the department are available for supervision in 2020/21, covering all areas of linguistic research.

Degree Programme Table (DPT)

Information in the Degree Programme Tables may still be subject to change.

DPT: Linguistics