The School comprises Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (Linguistics and English Language). The school aims to maintain its internationally-renowned reputation for research and to use this as a solid foundation for teaching.

All of the School's subjects rank top 5 in the UK and top 30 in the world (The THE World University Rankings 2018 by subject results).

In all subject areas, the School is recognised as world-leading, as shown in its high rankings across all areas in the THE ranking by the subject of the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

  • Linguistics research at Edinburgh ranks 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK
  • Philosophy research at Edinburgh ranks 2nd in Scotland and 7th in the UK
  • Psychology research at Edinburgh ranks 1st in Scotland and 11th in the UK as part of a joint submission for psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience

Our research environment is rated as 100% conducive to producing world-leading or internationally excellent research (REF 2014). In 2015/16 the school brought in around £8million in research funding.

There are over 100 academic staff within the School, and the breadth of expertise ranges from analytic philosophy and the study of English language, through theoretical and applied linguistics and experimental psychology, to cognitive neurosciences and genetic influences on human behaviour.

The School is unique in offering outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and in pioneering novel forms of research that reach across traditional boundaries.

Each year, the School welcomes a diverse mix of over 1,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students from around the world. The School has well-established links with other areas of the University such as Clinical Neuroscience, Medicine, Informatics and Edinburgh College of Art.

All subject areas have active links with research organizations outwith the University and a broad network of collaboration with a range of universities around the globe. The School offers extensive support for academics, including dedicated undergraduate and postgraduate teaching offices, research and knowledge exchange support team and IT resources team.

The School facilities include a range of specialist laboratories and a well-stocked and resourced School library which is supported by a full-time librarian. This is in addition to the nearby University central library. The School is located across two buildings set in the heart of the University’s George Square campus.

The School is part of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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This combined programme offered by Philosophy and Classics aims to introduce students to the main fields, topics, and research methods in ancient philosophy. The programm ... [+]

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This combined programme offered by Philosophy and Classics aims to introduce students to the main fields, topics, and research methods in ancient philosophy. The programme is accessible through both Classics and Philosophy, with a variety of taught courses offered by specialists in both subject areas.

The programme is suitable for applicants with different previous backgrounds, most obviously, in philosophy and classics, but also in history, political theory, science, and literature.

It is a taught degree combining seminar teaching on specific topics with individual research supervision. In this programme, you will be exposed to the main doctrines and texts of ancient philosophy from a broad range of areas (Pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophy, Late Antiquity).... [-]

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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 a ... [+]

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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.

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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 br ... [+]

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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.... [-]

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Delve deeper into the structure of the English language’s phonology, syntax and semantics and modern and historical development. This intensive programme can function eit ... [+]

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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.... [-]

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The Evolution of Language and Cognition programme is a unique and fascinating interdisciplinary programme which focuses on the treatment of language as a dynamic evolving ... [+]

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You will be taught by academics currently carrying out highly regarded research in this field

What is it that makes us human? How did our brains evolve? What are the origins of human language? Why do we think the way we do? What are the mechanisms of biological, cultural and linguistic evolution?

These questions, which are at the heart of the recent renaissance in the scientific study of the origins and evolution of human language, will be tackled on this interdisciplinary postgraduate programme.

The Evolution of Language and Cognition programme is a unique and fascinating interdisciplinary programme which focuses on the treatment of language as a dynamic evolving system, bringing together origins, acquisition and change.... [-]

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The MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology offers you the opportunity to receive intensive training and specialist knowledge through taught courses and independent research. ... [+]

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The MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology offers you the opportunity to receive intensive training and specialist knowledge through taught courses and independent research.

Established by Professor Sharon Abrahams in 2006, this programme provides intensive training and specialist knowledge within human cognitive neuropsychology and related fields of study.

The teaching is closely integrated with the Human Cognitive Neuroscience research unit, a group of internationally recognized cognitive psychologists and neuropsychologists.

Why study Human Cognitive Neuropsychology at Edinburgh? The University of Edinburgh is firmly established as a world-leading centre of research. Our research environment is rated as 100% conducive to producing world-leading research, and 81.5% of our research is rated as outstanding in terms of its reach and significance (REF 2014). Students on the MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology have access to a wide range of research facilities, such as the Cognitive Neuroscience suite. The University attracts a high calibre of visiting speakers. These talks are an excellent way to explore new topics and to get to know other postgraduate students. Programme structure and assessment ... [-]
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This highly flexible MSc draws on the University of Edinburgh’s unparalleled research expertise in Linguistics. Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh has access t ... [+]

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Gain intellectual and practical skills to engage in linguistics research, either for its own sake or as part of cross-disciplinary research.

Where does diversity come from in the world’s languages? What do we have to know in order to speak a language? Why does language change? What do languages have in common?

This highly flexible MSc draws on the University of Edinburgh’s unparalleled research expertise in Linguistics. Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh has access to a wide breadth of research themes, with the greatest theoretical depth that you will find anywhere.

The breadth of research is reflected in the range of courses which are on offer in this programme. We have a number of staff with diverse interests to support the wide number of courses offered. This programme enables you to have the flexibility to pick and choose courses to suit your interest and career aims.... [-]

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This programme examines the wide landscape of issues that arise where the philosophy of mind meets the study of psychology, linguistics, and cognitive science. In particu ... [+]

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This programme examines the wide landscape of issues that arise where the philosophy of mind meets the study of psychology, linguistics, and cognitive science. In particular, the programme links these issues with the growing body of work in embodied cognition, one of the most exciting areas of contemporary research in the philosophy of mind.

The University is at the cutting edge of research in philosophy and has particular strength in areas that require collaboration between philosophy, psychology, and linguistics.

In December 2014, the Research Excellence Framework highlighted our work in philosophy of mind and cognition as deserving of special mention.

Why study Mind, Language & Embodied Cognition at Edinburgh? Philosophy research at Edinburgh ranks 2nd in Scotland and 7th in the UK in the THE ranking by the subject of the REF 2014. An opportunity to hear from a wide range of high-profile academics from across the world, with figures such as Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, and Simon Blackburn having visited the University to speak to staff and students Our own Professor Andy Clark is one of the leading contemporary thinkers in the philosophy of mind and is known in particular for his exploration of the Extended Mind Hypothesis. Programme structure and assessment ... [-]
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You will be offered a broad cross-section of courses to choose from and can either take a general degree or specialise in one of the areas of philosophy where we have par ... [+]

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This programme provides the ideal foundation for future research, such as in our PhD programme

You will be offered a broad cross-section of courses to choose from and can either take a general degree or specialise in one of the areas of philosophy where we have particular strength.

You can also take advantage of the highly interdisciplinary nature of research within Philosophy and draw on teaching and research both elsewhere in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences and within other relevant Schools, such as Classics, Informatics and Social and Political Science.

Why study Philosophy at Edinburgh? Philosophy research at Edinburgh ranks 2nd in Scotland and 7th in the UK in the THE ranking by the subject of the REF 2014. An opportunity to follow a broad programme in philosophy or focus on one of our key areas of specialisation Programme structure and assessment ... [-]
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The MSc in Phonetics will give a comprehensive, intensive grounding in the theory and practice of phonetics. ... [+]

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The MSc in Phonetics will give a comprehensive, intensive grounding in the theory and practice of phonetics

On this programme, you will learn the core phonetic topics of speech production, speech acoustics, and speech perception, and will learn how phonetics relates to many other language-related disciplines.

The programme has a strong practical emphasis. It is designed primarily for graduates wishing to continue studying phonetics at PhD level and for those wishing to use phonetics as a tool for investigation in related fields, e.g. historical linguistics, phonology, developmental linguistics, psychology, speech technology, etc.

Why study Phonetics at Edinburgh? We're ranked in the world’s top 5 universities for linguistics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. Linguistics research at Edinburgh ranks 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK in the THE ranking by subject of the REF 2014. Edinburgh was the second university in the UK, and first in Scotland, to establish a phonetics department, led from 1948 by David Abercrombie You will be part of a learning community which includes one of the largest concentration of language scientists in the UK Programme structure and assessment ... [-]
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This flexible taught MSc programme provides comprehensive training in psychological research across a whole range of psychology sub-disciplines. You will learn core resea ... [+]

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This flexible taught MSc programme provides comprehensive training in psychological research across a whole range of psychology sub-disciplines.

You will learn core research methods and specialist techniques, and choose optional courses which you can tailor to your interests.

The University attracts a high calibre of visiting speakers. These talks are an excellent way to explore new topics and to learn about other leading researchers and research laboratories.

Why study Psychological Research at Edinburgh? Our research environment is rated as 100% conducive to producing world-leading research, and 81.5% of our research is rated as outstanding in terms of its reach and significance (REF 2014). Highly flexible masters programme which will provide you with comprehensive training in psychological research across the whole range of psychology sub-disciplines. An opportunity to attend talks delivered by the high calibre of visiting speakers from across the World. Programme structure and assessment ... [-]
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The MSc Psychology of Individual Differences is an exciting opportunity to gain skills in the two key subdivisions in the study of human individual differences: personali ... [+]

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The MSc Psychology of Individual Differences is an exciting opportunity to gain skills in the two key subdivisions in the study of human individual differences: personality and mental abilities

This includes factors related to life-course attainment, health, and positive psychology. We focus on leading-edge research in these fields, as well as modern methods of study including multivariate statistics, psychometrics, and behaviour genetics.

Why are some people more productive than others? Or have closer relationships? Does mindset determine cognitive development? Are we at the mercy of situations or do we bring positive resources to them? What is motivation, or willpower, or grit? How do children learn best when confronting new or difficult material? Is personality affected by genes? Does personality influence psychopathology? How do genes and environments interact in our lives?... [-]

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This MSc programme aims to provide an advanced understanding of current research in psycholinguistics and is aimed primarily at students who are considering advanced rese ... [+]

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Psycholinguistics is a specialised area of psychology focusing on the mental representations and processes that underlie human language use

This MSc programme aims to provide an advanced understanding of current research in psycholinguistics and is aimed primarily at students who are considering advanced research in the area. You will develop an up-to-date knowledge of a broad range of areas of the psychology of language and acquire the statistical and methodological skills that allow you to conduct novel research in the field.

We study how people are able to produce or comprehend language, and how groups of people are able to interact in dialogue. This study ranges from single words to entire texts and deals with written and spoken language.... [-]

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This exciting new MSc programme will teach you how to think as a social psychologist, and how to answer questions about social phenomena. ... [+]

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This exciting new MSc programme will teach you how to think as a social psychologist, and how to answer questions about social phenomena

The programme will advance your knowledge of the theories, concepts, and research that make up social psychology’s distinctive perspective. You will receive rigorous training in social psychological methods, and in qualitative and quantitative analyses. You will be provided with training and practice in how to seek and implement research-based answers to questions generated in the field or through the literature. You will have the opportunity to take part in departmental seminars, reading groups and a discursive data analysis group. You will study an exciting, unique problem-based approach to providing empirical answers to social psychological questions You will take part in departmental seminars, reading groups, and a discursive data analysis group. You will be part of a growing group of friendly, cohesive and enthusiastic social psychologists working within a vibrant department, in a lovely city. Why study Social Psychology at Edinburgh? Our research environment is rated as 100% conducive to producing world-leading research, and 81.5% of our research is rated as outstanding in terms of its reach and significance (REF 2014). Experience advanced, practical training in a range of quantitative and qualitative research skills, while gaining access to excellent research facilities. Benefit from diverse research expertise, which includes the experience of working in the field, in different cultures, and with mixed methods. Programme structure and assessment ... [-]
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This programme covers all areas of speech and language processing, from phonetics, speech synthesis and speech recognition, to natural language understanding and machine ... [+]

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This programme covers all areas of speech and language processing, from phonetics, speech synthesis and speech recognition, to natural language understanding and machine translation

The flexible nature of the programme allows students to take courses ranging across other areas of linguistics, informatics, cognitive science and psychology.

The programme is co-taught by faculty from Linguistics and Informatics, both of which are the best in the UK and world leading in their fields. This programme draws on the combined expertise of these subject areas to deliver a broad range of courses, all informed by current research being conducted at Edinburgh.

On the programme, you will feel connected to these active research programmes and will be taught by leading researchers in their respective fields. The dissertation project provides an opportunity for you to directly connect with active research projects.... [-]

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