What Will You Study
Two high-ranking departments join forces to teach this fascinating degree. You’ll be taught by the country’s largest Linguistics and English Language department and an English Literature department which has a cutting-edge approach to literary study. You’ll study a broad range of literature at the same time you will uncover the secrets contained within the language used to write them. Studying the sound, grammar and meaning systems of language means you’ll gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of texts.
The mixture of English Literature and Linguistics topics is evenly balanced. The degree starts with the core elements of English Literature and Linguistics. In the second year you’ll move on to more specialised modules. These include The Theory and Practice of Criticism and Structures of the World’s Languages.
In your final year, you’ll be able to pursue the topics that intrigue you the most. You could choose from modules such as a dissertation, Cognitive Linguistics, Contemporary Middle Eastern Literatures, Shakespeare, as well as many other modules.
We’ll assess your progress through coursework and exams in a caring, friendly atmosphere. You’ll have regular meetings with your academic advisor and the opportunity to join our highly active student societies which brings together students with a shared interest in writing, literature, and language.
Your degree opens doors to jobs in speech therapy and language technology. You will develop analytical and investigative skills, highly prized by employers such as law firms, management consultancies and the media. Linguistic awareness is a real boost when working for international and multicultural companies and organisations.
- English Language : BA Hons
- English Language (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Language (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Language and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and German Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Language and Linguistics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Language and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- English Language in the Media : BA Hons
- English Language in the Media (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- English Language in the Media (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Language with Chinese : BA Hons
- English Language with Chinese (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and History (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Linguistics : BA Hons
- Linguistics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Linguistics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Psychology : BA Hons
- Linguistics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Linguistics with Chinese (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Sounds of the World's Languages
- Structures of the World's Languages
- The Theory and Practice of Criticism
- 18th Century Literature
- American Literature to 1900
- British Romanticism
- Child Language Acquisition
- Corporate communication
- Developing Academic Practice
- Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in Use
- Dissertation Preparation
- English Grammar
- English Phonetics
- Independent Study
- Language and Pedagogic Practice
- Language Origins and Evolution
- Literacy and Education
- Literature, Film, and Media
- Renaissance to Restoration, English Literature, 1580-1688
- The Language of Advertising
- Understanding Media
- Victorian Literature
- 21st Century Theory: Literature, Culture, Criticism
- Advanced English Phonetics
- African Literature
- Between the Acts
- Bible and Literature
- British and American Crime Stories 1840-2000
- Contemporary Fiction and Critical Theory
- Contemporary Literature in English
- Corpus-based English Language Studies
- Dissertation Unit
- Early Modern Outlaws: On Land and Sea
- Elizabethan Embodiment
- England and Englishness
- Forensic Linguistics
- Language and Identities: Gender, ethnicity and class
- Language Change in English and Beyond
- Language in the Workplace: Topics in Professional Communication
- Language, Culture and Thought
- Literature and the Visual Arts
- Monstrous Bodies: Romantic Period Poetry and Prose
- Other Victorians
- Performing Death, Desire and Gender
- Premodern Gothic
- Representing Palestine: Creative Constructions of a Nation
- Romantic and Victorian Poetry
- Ruskin on Art, Architecture and Society
- Schools Volunteering Module
- Schools Volunteering Project
- Science Fiction in Literature and Film
- The Byron-Shelley Circle
- The Impostor Novel: Impersonators and Charlatans in Modern Fiction
- The Literature of Sleep
- The Postcolonial Indian Novel in English
- Utopias and Utopianism
- Victorian Autobiography
- Victorian Gothic
- Victorian Popular Fiction
- Where Do Poems Come From? Process, Manuscripts, Text
- Women Writers of Britain and America
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Level AAB
Required Subjects A level English Literature or English Language and Literature grade A
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in a HL Literature subject
BTEC Considered alongside A level English Literature or A level English Language and Literature grade A
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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At Lancaster, we encourage you to connect the study of language with real-world problems and their solutions. This prepares you for a wide variety of careers.
The study of language and of the process of communication is valuable if you’re interested in careers working with the linguistically disabled. Other possible paths include social work, counselling and the media.
The empirical and analytical methods used in Linguistics are also useful preparation for careers where numeracy and logical thinking is needed, such as computer programming, administration and accountancy.
Your degree provides a useful grounding for roles requiring clear and effective communication that is sensitive to people's interests and needs, including teaching and management.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focused critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.
Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2019/20 are:
Tuition fees for programmes are set annually for all new and continuing students. If you are studying on a course of more than one year's duration, the fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. Such increases are normally calculated based on increases in the costs incurred by the institution, or in relation to UK government regulations which set the maximum fee for certain categories of student.
For the majority of undergraduate students, the most recent annual increase was 2.8%. Any change in fee rates will be communicated to students and applicants prior to the start of the academic year in question, and normally at least eight months prior to enrolment. Further details can be found in our Terms and Conditions.
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.