M.Sc. Applied Linguistics

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • Not specified
  • English
The University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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.

Description of Applied Linguistics


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.

We were 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 programme offers a linguistic perspective on real-world problems of language in use, with relevance to a wide range of professional interests.

Aims of the programme are to:

  • educate language professionals with relevant critical and analytical skills;
  • prepare students for employment in the various spheres of social life where linguistics knowledge and skills play a significant part;
  • help students develop interest in working at the interface between linguistics and other disciplines;
  • prepare students for further study (PhD) in Applied Linguistics.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

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.

English Language Requirements

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CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Applied Linguistics

A UK 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent from outside the UK) in a relevant discipline is normally required.

Work Experience for Applied Linguistics

No work experience is required.

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