School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences


Information for Prospective Students

Funding Available

Notes for PPLS Applicants

All applicants must submit an online application form through the University prospectus pages, along with supporting documentation. Further information is available below:


Applications are considered throughout the year. However, as many funding sources have deadlines between January and June, it is recommended that applicants complete their University of Edinburgh application early in order to be eligible for these funding opportunities (University Scholarships webpage).

MSc applicants wishing to begin their studies in September must submit complete applications (including at least 1 academic reference, transcripts and personal statement / research proposals where appropriate) no later than the beginning of June (earlier / later deadlines can apply) in order for the consideration process to take place (international applicants are advised to submit as early as possible in order to complete their Visa applications).

PhD applications can take some time to process once received, applicants should therefore submit a complete application well in advance of their desired start date (international applicants are advised to submit as early as possible in order to complete their Visa applications).

Applicants who Require a Tier 4 Visa

Applicants who require a tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK are encouraged to read the latest guidance provided by the UK Home Office, you can find this online here.

In particular, applicants should note the following two points:

Further information can also be found on the University's International Office website.

Contact with Academics

PhD applicants are advised to look at the subject area web sites to find members of staff with similar research interests. It is often useful for applicants to make contact with academics to discuss their proposed research and the likelihood of supervision within the School. Please attach your research proposal (guidance below) to your enquiry so that we can advise you fully. If you are unsure about who to approach, please contact the Postgraduate School. If you have been in touch with prospective supervisors regarding your application, please list their names in the Project Arrangements section of your application form.

Documentation Required

Academic References

It is recommended that references are provided by an academic that you have worked closely with during your previous studies, for example your final year project supervisor.

The online application system will give you two options for providing references but references must be uploaded directly by the referee, or the referees can email their comments to

References uploaded by the applicant will not be accepted. The document will be returned to the applicant with a request for the referee to submit directly. Please note this can cause a delay when processing applications so you must ensure that referees are aware that they are required to submit directly themselves.

Please note applications for Taught MSc programmes require at least one academic/professional reference but some others, mainly research programmes (such as MPhil and PhD), require two references.

Personal Statements

MSc applicants should include a personal statement detailing the background of their interest and why they are attracted to the programme. The online application form will ask you to enter this directly into the online system however you do have the option to attach your personal statement as a further relevant document in the Upload Docs section. The School has produced some guidelines for those writing personal statement, which can be downloaded: Personal Statement Guidelines.

Research Proposals

MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD applicants should include a research proposal detailing their area of interest, the background of the interest and some information about suggested avenues of research. The School has produced some guidelines for those writing research proposals, please make sure that you consider these when writing your proposal: Research Proposal Guidelines.

Samples of Written Work

Applicants for Philosophy taught and research programmes should include a sample of their academic writing, for example an essay or article written within the last two years on a relevant philosophical topic. Applicants who do not have an existing piece of academic work that would be suitable should provide a short essay, approximately 2000 words, analysing a piece of philosophy they have found interesting. This could be an analysis of a book chapter, or a philosophy paper.

Applicants for the MSc Cognition in Science & Society and MSc Linguistics programmes are also required to provide a sample of written work, the admissions panels have provided the following advice:

The writing sample should be attached to your online application as a further relevant document in the Upload Docs section of the online system.

Original Documentation

If you send original documentation to the University in support of your application, the documentation will be destroyed once scanned and uploaded to your application. If you want the documentation returned or kept for you to collect on your arrival to the University, please provide confirmation of this.

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Apply Online

The access link for postgraduate applications in the University of Edinburgh sits on the relevant prospectus page for the programme. Links to the PPLS pages are available below, click on the programme you wish to apply for and follow the instructions from there.



Linguistics & English Language

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Useful Links for Further Information


Information on available funding can be found on the University Scholarships webpage.

International Students

Information and support for international students is available from the University of Edinburgh International Office.

Information on Immigration and Visas is available on the University of Edinburgh Immigration Information Page.

Tuition Fees

Information can be found at Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees. Applicants should note that Additional Programme Costs are charged for each programme, details can be found alongside the programme fees.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements can be found at College of Humanities & Social Sciences Application Information.

The Postgraduate Prospectus

Includes useful information on studying at Edinburgh, can be found at Postgraduate Prospectus.

If you have any further question please do not hesitate to contact the Postgraduate Office.

Admissions Feedback, Appeals & Complaints

The Admissions Feedback, Appeals and Complaints Policy has now been approved and replaces the previous Code of Practice: Policy

Where do our postgraduate students come from?

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Visiting the University

We believe that it is important for students to have the opportunity to visit the University before applying to study. We offer a range of opportunities to visit the University throughout the year. Tours are available to all prospective students - PG and UG and Home, EU and International students.

When you book a tour, give us the date and we will also try to make an appointment for you to meet with the prospective programme director / supervisor and the student representative of your prospective programme, to get a feel of being a student at the University of Edinburgh.

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Information for Students

Further Links

Postgraduate Office