University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Developmental Linguistics

The course is designed primarily for graduates with a background in linguistics and/or psychology who wish to develop their knowledge of current research on language acquisition (1st, 2nd, bilingual and impaired) and language change from a cognitive perspective and from the point of view of current linguistic theories; the programme provides training in experimental research skills which will enable students to carry out novel research in these fields.

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally possess at least a good undergraduate degree in linguistics, psychology or a related subject; 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

Compulsory courses : introduction to phonology and phonetics; introduction to syntax; first language acquisition; second language acquisition; psychology of language learning. Option courses may include: bilingual first language development; discourse comprehension; introduction to statistics and experimental design; language and identity in bilingual settings; language production; origins and evolution of language; prosody; psycholinguistics; sentence comprehension; simulating language; univariate statistics and methodology using r; visual word recognition.

Sponsorship information



Qualification Study mode 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 and Language Sciences
Telephone number: 
0131 651 5002