M.Sc. Applied Linguistics

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP19000 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP8500 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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| Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
This is an intensive one-year programme from The University of Edinburgh 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.
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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 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.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • GBP19000 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP8500 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Part-time tuition fees:

  • Home/EU: £4250
  • Overseas/International: £9500
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Compulsory courses:
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • 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
  • Topics in Grammar and Discourse
  • Global Englishes
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Pragmatics

English Language Requirements

CAE score
185(Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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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.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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