Psychology of Language
Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
This respected programme provides advanced understanding of current research in psycholinguistics: the study of how the brain learns, uses and reacts with humanity’s most advanced and characteristic feature: language.
The programme is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of current research in psycholinguistics, and is aimed primarily at students who are considering advanced research in the area.
Students are actively encouraged to join in the activities of the Language, Cognition and Communication research group, and to collaborate with staff (many of whom are international experts in the field) and senior postgraduates.
You will gain perspectives on the latest developments, and gain the necessary statistical and methodological skills to conduct your own novel research.
This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, followed by a dissertation.
The taught component consists of a number of lecture- and tutorial-based courses, which are assessed by essay or exam.
For the dissertation (which centres on original research) you will work in close collaboration with members of staff and senior postgraduates engaged in research in similar areas.
- Psychological Research Skills
- Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R
- Multivariate Statistics and Methodology Using R
- Current Topics in Psychological Research
You will also choose from the following:
- Discourse Comprehension
- Disorders of Language Functions
- Language Behaviours, Brains and Cognition: Principles and Approaches
- Language Production
- Sentence Comprehension
Under exceptional circumstances, alternative courses may be substituted with the permission of the programme director.
On successful completion of this programme you will have developed an up-to-date knowledge of a broad range of areas relating to the psychology of language. The programme is also designed to help you acquire the statistical and methodological skills that allow you to conduct novel research in the field.
Many MSc dissertations have lead to conference presentations or journal publications and graduating students typically proceed to study for PhDs at Edinburgh or elsewhere.
This programme has been designed to help you progress your research career and offers a firm basis for further postgraduate study.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in psychology, linguistics, cognitive science or a related subject.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*
(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)
Find out more about our language requirements:
- Fees for MSc Psychology of Language - 1 Year (Full-time)
- Fees for MSc Psychology of Language - 2 Years (Part-time)
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Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
MSc Psychology of Language - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Psychology of Language - 2 Years (Part-time)
|Programme start date||Application deadline|
|9 September 2019||3 June 2019|
We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.
You must submit a reference with your application.
You will be asked to add contact details for your referees. We will email them with information on how to upload their reference directly to your online application. Alternatively, they can email their comments to:
In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, you should include a personal statement detailing the background of your interest and why you are attracted to the programme. We expect you to have a good understanding of the field you propose to study.
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