What Will You Study

This combined degree is provided jointly by the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Department of Linguistics and English Language.

In your first year you’ll learn how the English language functions, studying traditional linguistic areas such as lexis, grammar and phonetics. Alongside this you’ll learn Mandarin Chinese, spoken by around 20% of the world’s population. Our core Chinese module is designed to teach absolute beginners how to speak, listen to and read this fascinating language. You’ll also study simplified writing characters and Chinese culture.

For your second year you will study English Grammar and English Phonetics alongside further Chinese language modules. These modules build on your knowledge through further language tuition and understanding of the structure of Chinese. You will also have the opportunity to choose a further module such as The Language of Advertising or Discourse Analysis.

The core modules of your final year include Corpus-Based English Language Studies, Advanced English Phonetics, Chinese Culture and Society and a further Chinese Language module. You can also choose from options such as Forensic Linguistics and Language Changes in English and Beyond. As a final-year undergraduate, you’ll have the option to write a dissertation, exploring a topic that you’re particularly interested in, and this is overseen by a member of staff from our department who specialises in your particular area. Given the size of the department, our academics can supervise a very wide range of subjects covering most students’ special interests.

Through your degree you’ll gain language and communication skills that are valued by employers. The English Language element of your degree is of professional relevance in many areas, from education to business management, advertising to accountancy. A proficiency in the Chinese language and a practical knowledge of China can lead to career destinations in the Civil Service, international trade or banking. Due to Mandarin’s increasing usage throughout the world, having a grasp of the language would be highly beneficial.

Your placement year

You will have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on a placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This experience should boost your employment prospects and help you to decide on your career direction and the kind of organisation in which you want to work once you graduate. You will be doing a real, responsible job – with all the satisfaction that brings.

Applying for a placement is a competitive process and our Placements Team will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement. The preparatory modules you will complete in years one and two are designed to give you the best chance of success in both your placement applications and the placement itself.

One of the aims of the placement year is to enhance your understanding of the connections between theory and practice which could benefit your final year of study. Placements provide an exciting opportunity to build up experience and transferable skills, as well as to make contacts with potential employers, which can place you a step ahead in the graduate recruitment market.

The University will use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all placement roles offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills.

If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and would continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year. The University offers a range of shorter placement and internship opportunities for which you would be welcome to apply.