University Of Edinburgh Linguistics
You will take our carefully designed introductory course, which introduces you to the principles of theoretical linguistics.
You will also study the way we learn language, the regional and social variations of language in general, and of the English language in particular, and methods of communication.
If you are studying English language as part of a joint honours programme you will also take courses from your other subject area.
You will take four further semester-long courses (two in the case of some joint honours programmes) looking at linguistic theory and research techniques, the structure of spoken and written English and other languages, and at the evolution of language and the patterns of linguistic change as it has occurred in and beyond the UK.
You will study compulsory courses and choose from a range of advanced linguistics courses such as Child Bilingualism, Origins and Evolution of Language, Speech Production and Perception and Pragmatics. If you are studying a joint honours in linguistics with a language you will spend Year 3 studying or working abroad.
In Year 4 you will continue to choose specialist courses according to your interests. You will also take a specialised research training course before starting your honours dissertation, regarded by many as the most formative experience of their undergraduate studies.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.
The typical offer is likely to be:
- SQA Highers: AABB.
- A Levels: AAB.
- IB: 36 points (grades 665 at HL).
Minimum entry requirements
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
- A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
- IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International Foundation Programme
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.