Linguistics at Lancaster University

The Department of Linguistics and English Language (LAEL) in Lancaster is the largest linguistics department in the UK, with a range of expertise, active research environment and a strong community of around 140 PhD students. In the 2018 QS World University rankings by subject Linguistics at Lancaster was ranked 15th in the world. We have now been in the top 20 in the world for six years in a row. Linguistics at Lancaster is also consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK. We are ranked 3rd in the UK by 2018 Times Good University Guide and 6th in the 2019 Complete University Guide. The Linguistics department is also home to the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, one of world-leading centres in corpora development and corpus linguistics (, a recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2015.

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Lancaster University ( recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a world-class reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. It is highly ranked in all three major UK university league tables: The Times/Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Complete University Guide. Internationally, it is ranked 135th in the QS World University Rankings 2017-18. The University is set near the Lune Valley and the Forest of Bowland – areas of outstanding natural beauty – and on the edge of the Lake District. More than £450m has been invested into the campus since 2002 creating new academic facilities, student social facilities and improved teaching space.