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Undergraduate Study

As one of the largest departments of Linguistics in the UK, we offer a wide range of BA (Hons) degrees right across the fields of English Language and Linguistics.

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.

Flexible Programme


The Department has some outstanding resources. We have fully equipped laboratories for eye-tracking, phonetics, EEG (Electroencephalography) and child language analysis. These facilities are used by undergraduate students, postgraduate students and staff for a variety of research projects.

Research Facilities

Study abroad

We offer a wide range of interesting study-abroad opportunities for undergraduate students who wish to spend a year studying abroad. Credits obtained at a foreign university count towards your Lancaster degree. 

We also welcome visiting or exchange students, whether taking courses for one term or longer. You must have completed a year of study at your home university before coming to Lancaster.

Study Abroad


A degree in English Language or Linguistics equips individuals in a range of skills that set them up for vibrant and exciting careers. The choice of modules in LAEL allows for students to both keep their options open and to specialise in the areas that most interest them.


The LAEL Society

The Linguistics and English Language Society is a student-run society that aims to bring together all who are interested in language. They organise a talk series throughout the year and various social events, including pub quizzes and the occasional open mic night. For more details on what the LAEL Society have in store, visit the LAEL Society Facebook page 

Mentor scheme

The department has introduced the new Part One Mentor Scheme (POMS). This is a weekly drop-in session for first-year students who would like advice or guidance on any aspect of their studies. The mentors are Linguistics and English Language students in their second or third years so have first-hand experience of the kinds of challenges that the first year of university brings.


All second and third year Linguistics and English Language undergraduates can apply for paid research internships. Successful students gain valuable experience in carrying out independent research, and (depending on the project) even presenting their findings at conferences or in publications. For more details visit the LAEL Internships blog

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