Linguistics examines how language works, describing how sounds, words, sentences and conversations combine to express and create meaning. It also studies the uses of language in everyday life, the ways in which it varies across society and evolves over time, and how it is mastered by children. Linguistics can be studied as part of a combined honours programme with a range of other subjects. Linguistics has a long history at the University of Edinburgh and our teaching staff have an excellent reputation for research in this area. Linguistics is a new subject for nearly all undergraduates so you will require no prior knowledge at the beginning of the programme. We are ranked third in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 and fifth in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2017. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, our linguistics research was rated best in the UK. We achieve high student satisfaction. Students find the course intellectually stimulating and describe staff as enthusiastic about what they are teaching (Unistats). We have the largest concentration of university language scientists in the UK.