Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

Language Sciences

Language is a defining feature of the human species and our most important tool for communicating, thinking, and creating. Scotland is one of the leading centres in the world for the study of language, particularly because the aggregate portfolio of its institutions encompasses strengths across the full range of disciplines that must come together to tackle challenges in this field. This pathway simultaneously advances the existing strengths in postgraduate provision within each discipline and promote varying levels of interdisciplinarity as appropriate for each student.

The innovative dimension of this pathway is to train high-calibre scientists using a ground-breaking interdisciplinary, cross-university model. This pathway builds on a number of programmes in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrews. Participating Departments/Schools include Linguistics and Languages, Psychology, and Informatics/Computing Science. This pathway optimises existing strengths by providing an integrative framework for existing and future sub-pathways of training for postgraduates.

The emphasis of this pathway on training in techniques from cognitive science, such as computational modelling and experimental design, make it a distinct and complementary partner to the related pathway in Social and Applied Investigations in Language (SAIL).

ESRC-funded studentships in Language Sciences are available at the following institutions. Please contact the relevant institutional representative for further information: