Why Study at Lancaster

Complete University Guide top 10We have a thriving research environment organised around five research clusters, and a number of research centres and smaller groups and English Language and Literature at Lancaster were rated 3rd for Research Power in the latest REF.

We pride ourselves on high quality teaching - we like our students to have access to our research through our teaching. New ideas and developments feed directly into what our students learn. Our full-time teaching staff come from a variety of backgrounds. All are experienced university-level teachers and all full-time teaching staff hold doctorates (Ph.D. degrees).

We are delighted that the Department has been rated top 20 in the world for seven years in a row, rated 12th in the world in the QS 2019 rankings. Linguistics at Lancaster is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK, currently 3rd in the 2019 Times Good University Guide and 4th in the 2020 Complete University Guide, joint 2nd for Employability.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified students including students with disabilities, mature students and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Students and lecturer

A Flexible Programme

A key feature of degree schemes at Lancaster is their flexibility. You take three subjects in your first year, then build on one or more of these in your second and third years when you can choose a wider range of courses. You will be admitted to 'major' in a particular subject, but you can opt to change at the end of your first year if you decide you are better suited to one of your other subjects.

Phonetics Lab

Excellent Learning Resources

We have our own well-equipped computer laboratories with up-to-date technology for teaching and research. The Phonetics Lab, based in County South, is dedicated to research and teaching in phonetics and the Eye-tracking Lab that is dedicated to research that makes use of eye-tracking as part of its methodology.

We also have our own audio-visual resources digital recorders, transcribing machines and video & DVD players. The library boasts a substantial and rich stock of Linguistics and English Language related books, journals and other materials. The Department also has a multimedia library of its own from which students can borrow a wide range of resources.

Student in Alex Square

The Opportunity to Undertake Internships

From the summer of 2014 onwards, we are offering paid, research internships to second-year Linguistics and English Language undergraduates. The successful students will gain valuable experience in carrying out independent research, and (depending on the project) even presenting their findings at conferences or in publications.

Internships are deliberately designed to offer our best students the chance to contribute to our vibrant, cutting-edge research culture, whilst also giving them vital, paid experience in areas they are passionate about, in turn helping them stand out in an increasingly competitive job market.

Find out more about LAEL Internships

Students relaxing outside

An Environment to Support Your Studies

Our department is a very pleasant and sociable place with friendly staff and high quality resources for teaching and learning. Your fellow students at Lancaster will be a culturally and linguistically diverse group of people of different ages and backgrounds.

Lancaster is probably one of the UK's greenest universities. Stay on either our park-like campus or in the historic city of Lancaster. Find out more about Living in Lancaster.

Lancaster University has award-winning accommodation, having just been named ‘Best University Halls’ for the sixth consecutive year, in the 2015 National Student Housing Survey of 200+ UK institutions.