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MSc in the Evolution of Language and Cognition
Alternate Name: Graduate Program in Evolution of Language & Cognition
Program Homepage: http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/lec/elc/
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Address: Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
40, George Square
City: Edinburgh
Zip/Postal Code: EH8 9LL
Country: United Kingdom
Contact Person: Simon Kirby , Dr

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Phone: +441316503494
Linguistic Subfield(s): Cognitive Science
Computational Linguistics
General Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Linguistic Theories
Other Program Specialties: Evolutionary Linguistics
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: What is it that makes us human? How did our brains evolve? What are the origins of human language? Why do we think the way we do? What are the mechanisms of biological, cultural and linguistic evolution?

The University of Edinburgh is now in the second year of a successful Postgraduate Programme in the Evolution of Language and Cognition. Students tackle the key questions that are at the heart of the recent renaissance in the scientific study of the origins and evolution of human language and cognition.

The programme consists of two components: an interdisciplinary 1 year taught Masters degree, and a supervised PhD. Students will apply for one or the other degree, depending on background and experience. The MSc year can be used as preparation for the PhD.

Human evolution is a topic for cognitive scientists, psychologists, linguists, archaeologists, anthropologists, biologists, and computer scientists. Because of this, the postgraduate programme will suit students from a wide range of backgrounds. If you are interested in learning more about the evolution of human cognition and language, and about the many disciplines that contribute to its study, we'd like to hear from you.
Available Financial Aid: Please see website for details.
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