What Will You Study

Linguistics and psychology reveal the inner workings of human thought, behaviour and language structure. This combined discipline allows you to develop the skills and knowledge for a rewarding, people facing career.

While linguistics is concerned with the study of language and its structure, psychology examines the mind. However, both share foundations in analysis, meaning and context. This programme brings together the expertise of two specialist departments: Linguistics and English Language; and Psychology, enabling you to develop an advanced understanding of these concepts and gain specialist knowledge of the two disciplines.

This degree is also accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is essential if you wish to pursue a career in professional psychology, and follows the main themes of modern psychology:

  • Brain and Behaviour: how neural disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease affect behaviour
  • Cognitive Psychology: our reactions to colours, smells, speech and music
  • Developmental Psychology: the ways in which infants perceive space, patterns, objects and events
  • Social Psychology: how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours are shaped by the presence of others

You will learn from passionate academics, all of whom are active researchers and world leaders in their field, which allows you to benefit from their insight, expertise and cutting-edge research.

In the first year, you will gain an in depth overview of the main study themes through our Understanding Psychology module. You will explore the theories underpinning these areas, learn to evaluate scientific journals, and develop your ability to construct formal arguments. Running parallel to this, you will also undertake the Investigating Psychology module, which will equip you with important practical skills for conducting research in psychology, such as data analysis and report writing. You will also be introduced to the full breadth of the linguistics discipline, examining phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

During the second year of your degree, you revisit the key themes covered in Year 1 in greater detail. You will study specialist modules on topics such as cognitive, developmental and social psychology; deepening your understanding and testing your knowledge. This year, you will also develop an understanding of the sounds and structures of the world’s languages. You will practise transcribing; study tone, pitch and unusual sounds; analysis data; and learn to use computer speech analysis.

In addition to these themes, Research Methods and Statistics modules will be covered this year. These will expand your knowledge of research methods, develop key skills and enable you to gain a detailed understanding of analysis and reporting.

In third year, you will further develop your knowledge and understanding of the core aspects of modern psychology, taking modules in Brain and Behaviour; and Personality and Individual Differences. You will also spend time investigating the theoretical aspects of speech and sound, discussing and evaluating different frameworks for modelling phonetics and phonology.

In addition to these core modules, you will also carry out your own research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher, and undertake a variety of optional modules. The optional modules available this year will allow you to expand your understanding of linguistics and develop specialist knowledge.

Structured Work Experience

Alongside your academic study, you will have the opportunity to gain voluntary work experience through our Psychology Employability Programme, allowing you to develop invaluable skills for either a career in psychology or a graduate programme. You can choose between working part time in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable people, or working alongside staff in the Psychology Department on their ground-breaking research projects. Crucially, every placement will provide you with experience and skills that are valuable to both psychology careers and more general graduate level occupations, strengthening your CV and enhancing your employability for life after graduation.

Voluntary work can be an enlightening and rewarding experience, enabling you to make a difference to the lives of others, while having the opportunity to try something new, which may lead you to change or confirm your career plans and is recommended by the BPS.