The University of Edinburgh

Applied Linguistics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    21300 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    10100 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language

About

With a strong emphasis on developing skills and knowledge that can be applied in professional settings, this intensive programme draws on knowledge about language, how it works and how it affects real-life issues.

The University of Edinburgh was the first in the UK to offer a programme in applied linguistics, so you will benefit from a long-established tradition of teaching in this area, much of which is delivered by world-leading experts.

The Applied Linguistics programme from The University of Edinburgh offers a linguistic perspective on real-world problems of language in use, with relevance to a wide range of professional interests. You will explore how language is used in a variety of social settings, compare language variability with social diversity and examine how knowledge about language as it is actually used can impact on people’s lives.

Note that, unlike other programmes in Applied Linguistics, one topic that we do not concentrate on is teaching pedagogy. If you are more interested in the teaching side of Applied Linguistics, please see the MSc in Language Teaching or the MSc in TESOL.

Learning outcomes

The programme aims to:

  • develop your relevant critical and analytical skills
  • prepare you for employment in the various spheres of social life where linguistics knowledge and skills play a significant part
  • help you develop interest in working at the interface between linguistics and other disciplines
  • prepare you for further study (PhD) in Applied Linguistic

At the end of the programme, you will be able to discuss issues of language description and use the knowledge you have acquired to address real-life problems, such as the teaching of languages and the use of language in specific institutional contexts.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help progress your career as a linguist in academia or as a language expert in a variety of industries such as artificial intelligence.

Programme Structure

This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, followed by a dissertation. Four compulsory core courses provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of Applied Linguistics, while the optional courses offer you the opportunity to explore your areas of interest.

Compulsory courses:
  • Sociolinguistic Research Design
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Issues in Applied Linguistics
  • Introduction to Language Research
Optional courses may include:
  • Special Topics in Sociolinguistics
  • Language and Identity in Bilingual Settings
  • Discourse Studies
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to Phonology and Phonetics
  • Global Englishes
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • Language Variation and Change MSc

                            Detailed Programme Facts

                            • More details: We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
                            • Programme intensity Full-time
                              • Full-time duration 12 months
                              • Duration description

                                MSc Applied Linguistics - 2 Years (Part-time)

                            • Credits
                              180 ECTS
                            • Languages
                              • English
                            • Delivery mode
                              On Campus
                            • More information Go to the programme website
                            Check if you match the admission requirements

                            English Language Requirements

                            You only need to take one of these language tests:

                            • Minimum required score:

                              7

                              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                            • Minimum required score (Grade C):

                              185

                              The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

                              Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                            • Minimum required score:

                              100

                              The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

                            Academic Requirements

                            You need the following GPA score:

                            Required score: Upper Second Class

                            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                            A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, preferably in linguistics.

                            We may also consider your application if you have substantial practical experience as a language professional.

                            Tuition Fee

                            • International

                              21300 GBP/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 21300 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
                            • EU/EEA

                              10100 GBP/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 10100 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.

                            Part-time tuition fees:

                            • Home/EU: 5,050
                            • Overseas/International: 10,650

                            Funding

                            Check the programme website for information about funding options.

                            StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.