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Linguistics and English Language

We are ranked 12th in the world for Linguistics in the International QS rankings 2019, we have now been in the top 20 in the world for seven years in a row. Linguistics at Lancaster is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK in The Times Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide.

Our specialisms include Corpus Linguistics; Discourse Studies; Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Literacy Studies and many others. Over 70% of our undergraduate students attain a graduate level position 6 months after graduating. We offer many popular postgraduate programmes, onsite and distance.


For the last forty years, we have been known for cutting-edge empirically-based theoretical and applied research in a wide range of research areas. We constantly strive to make links with potential users of our work. Recently the ESRC funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science were awarded The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded every two years to universities and colleges who submit work judged to show excellence, innovation, impact and benefit for the institution itself and for people and society generally in the wider world.


We are committed to high quality teaching - we like our students to have access to our research through our courses. New ideas and developments feed directly into what our students learn. Some of our staff have received awards for teaching and we constantly strive to improve.

3rd for Research Power in the REF

In the 2014 REF, Linguistics was submitted with English Literature and Modern Languages. The group was rated 3rd of 88 English Language and Literature submissions for Research Power (average score times the number of staff submitted). It was ranked joint 3rd for Research Environment and 7th for impact, with 4 out of 6 cases rated 4*. This large group had 40% of its work rated 4*. The REF shows that almost all our staff both teach and do internationally-recognised research.