Short Courses

Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Our short courses in areas including Existentialism, Cognitive Psychology and Linguistics offer an opportunity to reflect on questions concerning mind, language and meaning.

Courses marked as (credit) are open to all, however participants will be required to matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. Guidance on this process will be provided. Find out more about studying for credit here.

Please note that from September 2017, bookings for non-credit courses will close 8 days before a course start date. Bookings for credit courses will close 15 days before a course start date.

Term 1 Courses (Starting September 2017)


Philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment (Credit) 
Learning to Philosophize (Credit Plus) 
Survey of Ancient Philosophy (Credit) 
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
An Introduction to Philosophy 


History of English: from its origins to the present day (Credit) 
Linguistics: The Science of Language (Credit) 
An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (Credit) 
Philosophy of Art (Credit) 
Psychology: An Introduction (Credit) 
Looking for an Introduction to Social Anthropology? See Social, Political and Legal Studies Courses.

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2018)


Educational Psychology (Credit)
Psychology: An Introduction (Credit)
Medieval Philosophy (Credit)
Contemporary Philosophy
Introduction to Forensic Psychology


Introduction to English Grammar (Credit)
Sociolinguistics: Language and Society (Credit)
Moral Philosophy (Credit)
Memory (Credit)
An Introduction to Philosophy
Cities of God: Religion and Political Thought

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2018)


20th Century British Philosophers (Credit)
Introduction to Social Anthropology (Credit)
Philosophy of Art (Credit)
Looking for an Introduction to Social Anthropolgy? See Social, Political and Legal Studies Courses.


Psychology of Language (Credit)
Applied Ethics (Credit)
Reason and Passion


For all general enquiries relating to the course, such as places available or location, please contact COL by phoning +44(0)131 650 4400 or emailing

Our Course Organisers can help you with enquiries about the academic content of courses.

Dr Maximilian Jaede

Programmes: Social, Political and Legal Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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