An opportunity to choose from a range of courses in this interdisciplinary programme
How do children learn language?
How do adults learn a second language?
How do bilinguals accommodate two languages in their mind?
What happens when we forget a language?
These are some of the central topics you will learn about in this taught master's programme on developmental linguistics. The programme offers knowledge and research skills in understanding how our linguistic competence changes as we acquire or lose language at various points in our lifespan.
The interdisciplinary and modular nature of the programme allows you to tailor your study to your own interests by combining a range of courses taught by world-class experts in Linguistics, Psychology and other related subject areas in Edinburgh, a university with the largest concentration of language-related researchers in the UK.
The programme places equal emphasis on first language acquisition, second language acquisition and bilingualism, making it an ideal choice for those who wish to have a broad knowledge in language development studies with a particular focus on empirical/experimental research.
Our skills-oriented training means graduates of the programme will be equipped with cutting-edge research skills in developmental linguistic and other related areas.
Why study Developmental Linguistics at Edinburgh?
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 the largest concentration of language scientists in the UK
You will be taught by world-class experts in Linguistics, Psychology and other related subject areas at the University
Programme structure and assessment
This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation.
Most courses consist of lectures and tutorials, the latter comprising lab work, paper discussion or presentations, depending on the topic of the course. Some courses feature project work that require two or more students working together to carry out an empirical study.
Coursework assessment is done through a mixture of exams and assignments including essays, critical reviews of published work, analysis of real or mock data, and mini-research projects.
For 20-credit courses, there are usually two pieces of assessment, one halfway through the semester and the other, at the end of the semester. For 10-credit courses, there is usually one piece of assessment, which is at the end of the semester.
Learning outcomes and careers
This programme provides you with a range of knowledge and skills to prepare you for a variety of career paths
By completing this degree, you will have acquired up-to-date knowledge of first/second language acquisition and bilingualism as well as research skills required to conduct empirical studies in these areas (including experimental design, statistics, corpus analysis, and various experimental techniques).
Much of the general research skills taught in the programme, such as quantitative analysis and scientific reporting, are transferable 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.
Many graduates of the programme proceed to do a PhD in language development/acquisition. Some pursue a professional career after further training in a related area (e.g., speech and language therapy, language technology). Others have obtained a position in a language-related institute (e.g., the National Centre for Languages, Cambridge Assessment).