University of Edinburgh School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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The University of Edinburgh School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences is a school within the College of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. The School was formed in 2002 as a result of administrative restructuring, when several departments of what was then the Faculty of Arts were brought together. The University of Edinburgh's academic foundation is based on three Colleges containing a total of 22 Schools;[1] among these is the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences (PPLS).

The School is composed of three subject areas:

  • Philosophy (ranked 8th in the UK (45th in the world)[2])
  • Psychology (ranked 5th in the UK (37th in the world)[3])
  • Linguistics and English Language (LEL) (ranked 1st in the UK in internationally leading research[4])

It also houses much of the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology.[5]

Within the School, research in Psychology is organized along 3 broad themes:

  • Differential Psychology, which looks at individual differences in the way people think, behave, and feel emotions differently.
  • Human Cognitive Neuroscience, which studies memory, attention, executive function, visual memory, sensory integration, and perceptuo-motor control in adults who function normally and those who possess disorders within the nervous system.
  • Language Cognition and Communication, which covers topics in linguistic comprehension, understanding, invention and conversation.[6]

External links


  2. Philosophical Gourmet Report
  3. QS World University survey
  4. RAE
  5. Cross-council Lifelong Health and Well-being initiative
  6. "Research: Psychology". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 29 November 2011.