What Will You Study

What is the relationship between accents and social status? How can voice recognition technologies be improved? How does a child learn language? What do the world’s languages have in common, and how are they different? Linguistics offers a fresh insight into the human mind, combining arts and sciences into one captivating subject.

We have a cutting edge approach to linguistics, studying theory, real-world implications and applications. We currently stand as one of the country’s largest Linguistics and English Language departments, meaning that we have a wide range of optional modules available to you throughout your degree programme. Each and every area of language is covered by one of our world-leading academics, and our students benefit from their expertise in lectures, seminars, tutorials, and supervisions. They will teach you from day one in small classes designed to challenge you as a linguist.

Our internationally-recognised staff deliver a programme consistently rated among the best in the world. Whether you want to understand more about accents or the benefits of multilingualism, how people communicate across cultures or how politicians use words to persuade, we have expertise in virtually every area. We have excellent library resources and a large Phonetics Lab and Psycholinguistics Lab which students are encouraged to use throughout their degree programme.

In your first year, the Linguistics module gives you an introduction to the basics, touching on many intriguing and inspiring topics. You also take two other subjects from a wide choice including sciences and arts. A popular choice is for one of these is English Language, but you could select subjects from other departments.

In addition to the core courses about the sounds and structures of language, there are many exciting options for your second and third year. They include Child Language Acquisition, Corporate Communication, Language Change, Forensic Linguistics and Stylistics. In your third year, you’ll also write your dissertation, exploring a topic that particularly interests you. You will be helped by a supervisor, one of our staff who has expertise in the area you choose to research.

We’ll assess your progress through coursework and exams in a caring, friendly atmosphere. You’ll have regular meetings with your academic advisor. We offer paid summer internships for those students considering further study, and international study in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Sweden and Switzerland.

A Linguistics degree is well-suited for careers in education, publishing, the media and information technology. It is highly valued in fields involving international communication, such as science, trade and international relations. Past graduates have become speech therapists, computing consultants, chartered accountants, HR professionals, and social workers. We offer a Linguistics degree which teaches you the skills of data analysis, academic writing, and argumentation, and we are confident that our teaching, combined with your willingness to learn, will put you in the best position to move forward in your career.