What Will You Study

How does language relate to thought? Studying language alongside philosophy will give you a fascinating insight into humanity. You’ll also learn about the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophical discussion. This three-year combined degree is provided by our Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and the Department of Linguistics and English Language.

Your first year includes introductory modules in Linguistics and Philosophy. In your second year you’ll study modules such as Structures of the World’s Languages, Philosophy of the Mind and Philosophy of Science.

In your final year, you’ll specialise even further. Choices include Psycholinguistics and Language and Identities: Gender, ethnicity and class. You can also choose 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 will be able to supervise most topics and fit your interests. You will delve further into the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, linguistic relativity, and testing through psycholinguistic methods.

We’ll assess your progress through coursework and exams and you’ll have regular meetings with your academic advisor, who will provide support and encouragement. Your degree will stand you in good stead for careers involving analysis, assessment and the weighing-up of arguments. The linguistic, analytical and investigative skills you will have the opportunity to develop are valued by employers such as law firms, management consultancies and the media. Linguistic awareness is a real boost when working for international and multicultural companies and organisations.