MSc Developmental Linguistics

The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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About Programme

This programme will develop your understanding of how knowledge of language changes as people acquire or lose language at various points in their lifespan.

  • Type: On campus
  • Start: September
  • Language: English

Full-time

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Fee national: $13,441
  • Fee international: $28,390

Part-time

  • Duration: 24 months

This programme is designed primarily for graduates with a background related to linguistics and/or psychology who wish to develop their knowledge of current research on language acquisition (first, second, bilingual, and impaired) and language change from a cognitive perspective and from the point of view of current linguistic theories.

Joining a vibrant research community of developmental linguists, you will have the opportunity to carry out advanced research to try to answer questions related to the area of language development and bilingualism, such as ‘how do children learn language?’ or ‘what happens when we forget a language?’

You will benefit from the programme's strengths in:

  • Scope (with equal emphasis on first and second language acquisition and bilingualism)
  • Interdisciplinary teaching (staff drawn from linguistics, psychology and informatics)
  • Skill-oriented training (through methodology courses, lab sessions and project work)

Careers

This programme will provide you with the specialised skills you need to perform research in language learning and development. It will also serve as a solid basis for doctoral study.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, preferably in linguistics, psychology or a related subject. All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • An undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
  • UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

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