What Will You Study

How does a child learn language? What is the relationship between dialect and social prestige? How can voice recognition technologies be improved? Linguistics offers a fresh insight into the human mind, combining arts and sciences into one captivating subject. The study abroad option is an exciting and informative experience for anyone who is thinking of working abroad during their career. It’s a chance to broaden your horizons and make international contacts. Past students have said that this is a life changing experience, and we will guide you every step of the way.

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.

The core Linguistics module in the first year introduces you to topics ranging from the structure of words to the hidden meaning in phrases. Our Part I system allows you to select two other modules in your first year, giving you increased choice and flexibility. This might be linguistics, but it might also be a course offered by another department from across the university. This flexible system means you don’t have to fully commit to a three-year degree scheme quite yet, and you have the opportunity to review your choices throughout your degree.

You’ll spend your second year at one of our partner universities around the world including the U.S.A., Europe, Canada, and Australia. Here you’ll move onto core subjects such as English phonetics and English grammar, but you will also be able to benefit from the courses offered by our partner universities, some of which we may not offer here at Lancaster. Our academics here at Lancaster will ensure that the programme you select whilst studying abroad is appropriate. We are careful to make sure that you will benefit from the study abroad experience, ensuring that there is a smooth transition into third-year when you return from abroad.

More specialist modules are on offer in your final year. With core subjects in Cognitive Linguistics and Topics in Phonetic and Phonological Theory and optional modules in Forensic Linguistics, Psycholinguistics. You’ll also write your dissertation about a topic that especially interests you. This is overseen by a qualified member of staff with specialisms 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 also offer paid summer internships for those students who may wish to enter further study after their undergraduate degree.

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. Studying abroad is a great way to make your CV stand out. It will give you additional skills in communication, cultural awareness, and additional exposure to different styles of teaching and learning. We are confident that our Linguistics (Study Abroad) programme will enrich your academic career, and give you the necessary skills to confidently enter the world of work.