This programme has a strong emphasis on developing skills and knowledge that can be applied in professional settings.

This is an intensive one-year programme in what may be termed 'socially relevant Linguistics'

In Applied Linguistics, we draw on knowledge about language, how it works and how it is used in order to contribute to real life issues.

We examine language use in a variety of social settings (e.g. language use in everyday conversation, in educational settings, in medical settings etc.). We focus on language variability (e.g. bilingualism, accents, dialects, etc.) versus social diversity (e.g. gender, class, ethnicity etc.). We also consider how knowledge about language as it is actually used in real social settings can (be made to) impact on people's lives.

The programme benefits from a long and respected academic tradition. Edinburgh was the first UK university to offer a programme in Applied Linguistics and the first ever School of Applied Linguistics was founded in 1957 by the late Professor Ian Catford.

  • We're ranked in the world’s top 5 universities for linguistics (QS World University Rankings by subject 2019)
  • Linguistics research at Edinburgh ranks 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK in the THE ranking by subject of the REF 2014
  • You will be part of a learning community which includes one of the largest concentration of language scientists in the UK
  • Edinburgh was the first UK university to offer a programme in Applied Linguistics

This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation

The programme divides into two parts: a taught component, corresponding to the Diploma, and a dissertation component.

Progression to the dissertation is conditional on successful completion of the taught component. The dissertation requirement, if successfully met, leads to the award of the MSc in Applied Linguistics.

The taught component of the programme divides into two parts. The first part conveniently termed core courses, introduces you to the basic concepts, issues and methods in Linguistics. This part of the programme is compulsory. In the second part of the taught component, conveniently termed options, you can choose from a pool of available courses and, under guidance, tailor a programme to suit your particular interests.

The dissertation consists of a piece of independent research of around 8,000 words intended to demonstrate knowledge of the literature and research skills in a particular area of Applied Linguistics.

This programme provides you with a range of knowledge and skills to prepare you for a variety of career paths

Much of the general research skills taught in the programme, such as quantitative analysis and scientific reporting, are transferrable to other areas of research as well. The programme can be taken as a stand-alone master's degree, but also provides an ideal preparation for PhD study.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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Last updated November 6, 2019
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1 - 2 years
22,600 GBP
Overseas/International | Home/EU: £10,700
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