What Will You Study

You’ll study various aspects of language using a wide variety of methods – from computerised study of language corpora, through acoustic analysis of sound patterns, to analysis of texts, interviews and audio-visual recordings of natural dialogues. Many of the issues addressed by Linguistics are of central relevance to our society – for example, the relationship between dialect and social prestige, the problems of education in a multilingual environment, or the development of voice recognition technologies.

During your studies, you’ll address intriguing questions, such as how language relates to thought, how a child first acquires language and how our language is similar to and different from social signalling systems used by animals. You’ll also be able to take a wide range of other courses, depending on your strengths and interests.

In your first year, your studies include a single unit of Linguistics and two other subjects of your choice.

You’ll take compulsory courses in the Structures of Language and Topics in Linguistics Theory as well as optional modules including: Forensic Linguistics, Language Acquisition and Language Origins, and Language Change in English and Beyond. You can also study up to two units in another subject. 

In your final year, you’ll also write an independent dissertation in an area that especially interests you, with one-to-one supervision.