University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Evolution of Language and Cognition

This programme focuses on a treatment of language as a dynamic evolving system, bringing together origins, acquisition and change. The course provides a broader introduction to the field of language evolution and cognitive evolution and can form the basis for further (typically PhD) study for those wishing to continue their research. The programme draws on many disciplines including archaeology, biology, linguistics, neuroscience, informatics, philosophy and psychology; students study comprehensive synthesis of the most recent scientific findings relating to the origins and evolution of human language, gaining a firm basis for subsequent advanced specialised research and a broad awareness of issues and findings in the evolution of language and cognitive evolution across participating single-subject disciplines.

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally possess at least a good undergraduate degree in a subject that is related to some aspect of the area of study; in addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, please submit a personal statement; 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: current issues in language evolution; foundations of evolution; origins and evolution of language; simulating language. Option courses include: brains and cognition; computer programming for speech and language processing; concepts and categorisation; diachronic linguistics; dialogue; experimental pragmatics; first language acquisition; human evolution; introduction to phonology and phonetics; introduction to sociolinguistics; introduction to statistics and experimental design; introduction to syntax; language behaviours; linguistic reconstruction and language classification; pragmatics; psycholinguistics ; psychology of language learning; univariate statistics and methodology using R.

Assessment methods

Dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,100 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 18,100 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,050 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 9,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,050 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,050 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,050 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

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