University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Applied Linguistics

With a strong emphasis on developing skills and knowledge that can be applied in professional settings, this intensive programme draws on knowledge about language, how it works and how it affects real-life issues; students explore how language is used in a variety of social settings, compare language variability with social diversity and examine how knowledge about language as it is actually used can impact on people�s lives.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent from outside the UK) in a relevant discipline is normally required; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

Core modules include: introduction to sociolinguistics; introduction to discourse analysis; issues in applied linguistics; introduction to language research. Optional modules include: special topics in sociolinguistics; language and identity in bilingual settings; discourse studies; 2nd language acquisition; topics in grammar and discourse; global Englishes; corpus linguistics; pragmatics.

Assessment methods


Sponsorship information

ESRC research studentships; Arts and Humanities Research Board studentships; ORS awards/University of Edinburgh studentships. UK citizens/residents are eligible for full fees and stipends on research council studentships; residents of other EU countries are eligible for fees only; non-EU residents may be eligible for ORS/University of Edinburgh studentships.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 18,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 9,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

PPLS Postgraduate Office, School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences
Telephone number: 
0131 651 5002