Delve deeper into the structure of the English language’s phonology, syntax and semantics and modern and historical development
This intensive programme can function either as a stand-alone masters qualification or as a basis for further postgraduate study, typically at PhD level.
Joining an internationally acclaimed centre for research and teaching in the linguistic study of English, you will explore in depth a global language with a rich history and great social and geographical variation. You will be taught by world-leading experts who will give you a detailed awareness of the ways in which English is used in Britain and around the world.
The MSc in English Language at the University of Edinburgh is unrivalled in its scope; the range of courses on the English Language that you may take is unique to this degree and reflects the broad range of research interests amongst the staff in our school, all of whom are world-leading experts in their fields.
Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s highest-ranking departments in this subject area, attracting staff, students, and visiting speakers from all over the world. There simply is no better place to learn all about the fascinating language that is English.
Why English Language at Edinburgh?
We're ranked in the UK’s top 5 universities and the world's top 15 universities for English language and literature (QS World University Rankings by subject 2019)
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-leading experts who will give you a detailed awareness of the ways in which English is used in Britain and around the world
Programme structure and assessment
This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation
You will take compulsory and option courses. The programme focuses initially on the structure of English, and also offers option courses on aspects of the history of English, on current varieties of the language and on a variety of approaches to the study of the language and English linguistics.
You can also choose option courses from a wide range of other areas of linguistic study. You may be able to take a course from other programmes in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, and in some cases, from elsewhere in the University.
Most courses will be taught in the form of lectures and seminars, though some courses will have a substantial practical or project work element. Each course will have different forms of assessment, ranging from exams to extended essays and small research projects. Assessments for each course take place in the same semester as that course, either during the semester or towards the end of it.
Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to attend a wide range of seminars by visiting lecturers to the Department, which will compliment and widen your learning.
In an average week of full-time study in semester 1 or 2, you can expect to have about 13 contact hours (in the form of lecturers, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions), in addition to substantial directed learning and independent study.
These will be distributed through the day and week in various ways according to the courses taken. In addition, students will meet with the programme director at regular intervals and will meet with their dissertation supervisor throughout the dissertation period. Part-time students should expect about half this number of hours per week.
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 the end of this programme you will have a deep and broad knowledge of the structure and history of English Language and its social and geographical variation.
This programme has been designed to help you progress your career as an English language specialist in academia. The analytical skills you develop and the research training you receive will be valuable in a wide range of careers. Recent graduates are now working as lecturers, teachers and in research at educational establishments worldwide.