Linguistics and English Language

MSc Psychology of Language

Develop an in-depth understanding of current research in psycholinguistics

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Why study Psychology of Language at Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked 3rd in the UK and 16th in the world for psychology (THE World University Rankings by subject 2021).
  • Our research environment is 100% conducive to world-leading research and 81.5% of our research is rated as outstanding in its reach and significance (REF 2014)
  • The University of Edinburgh is firmly established as a world-leading centre of research, psychology research at Edinburgh ranks 1st in Scotland and 11th in the UK as part of a joint submission for psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience in the THE ranking by subject of the REF 2014
  • Students on the MSc Psychology of Language have access to a wide range of research facilities, including eye-tracking, EEG, TMS, and fNIRS. 
  • The University has a large group of language researchers and organises events such as the “Language at Edinburgh Lunch”, an excellent way to explore new topics and to get to know other postgraduate students.  We also attract a high calibre of visiting speakers.


Programme overview

Psycholinguistics is a specialised area of psychology focusing on the mental representations and processes that underlie human language use

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

When to apply

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

Fees and funding

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Programme teaching staff

Staff profiles of those involved in teaching on the programme

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