MSc English Language

The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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About Programme

This intensive programme will enable you to delve deeper into the structure of the English languageā€™s phonology, syntax and semantics and modern and historical development.

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


  • Duration: 12 months
  • Fee national: $13,769
  • Fee international: $29,083


  • Duration: 24 months

The MSc can function either as a stand-alone masters qualification or as a basis for further postgraduate study, typically at PhD level. The programme focuses initially on the structure of English, and also offers option courses on aspects of the history of English, on current varieties of the language and on a good number of approaches to the study of the language and English linguistics.

Compulsory courses:

  • Introduction to Language Research
  • Introduction to Phonology
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • History of the English Language

Optional courses:

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Current Issues in Phonology: Current Issues in Syntax
  • Diachronic Linguistics
  • Dialects of English in Britain & Ireland
  • Early Germanic Dialects
  • English Grammar: a Cognitive Account
  • Global Englishes
  • Historical Phonology
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Introduction to Morphology
  • Introduction to Semantics
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Middle English
  • Pragmatics
  • Pragmatics of Linguistic Communication
  • Reading Old English
  • Scots and Scottish English

You can also choose optional courses from a wide range of other areas of linguistic study. You may be able to take a course from other degree programmes in the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, and in some cases, from elsewhere in the University.


The programme has been designed to help you progress your career as an English language specialist in academia. The analytical skills you develop and the research training you receive will be valuable in a wide range of careers.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, preferably in modern or classical language, English literature or history. 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
  • 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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