English Language and Linguistics

BA Hons

  • UCAS code QQC3
  • Entry year 2025 or 2024
  • A level requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 2

    2nd for Linguistics

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)

  • 8th for Graduate Prospects (Linguistics) Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

  • World top ten for Linguistics (QS World University Subject Rankings 2023)

Why English Language and Linguistics?

Language is a universal feature of human minds and societies and while English remains the most widely spoken language in the world many other languages are to be found which display considerable diversity.

Understanding principles of language, including its properties, development, variation and use, and how these issues relate specifically to English provides key insights into the nature of language and its role in shaping our social and cultural identities, our institutions and our creative ideas. Our combined programme offers the perfect mix of arts and science in one captivating degree.

As part of this fascinating degree, you will learn about the sounds and structures of English as well as the sounds and structures of many other of the world’s languages. Our extensive catalogue of optional modules gives you the chance to look at the way language is learned, how it evolved, and how it influences the way we think. You’ll also be able to explore the way English is used across a range of different contexts, including advertising, media, literature and the law or how technologies that produce or process language work.

English Langauge and Linguistics is not just a fascinating area of study, you will gain a skillset that opens doors to a range of exciting and rewarding careers. Transferrable skills include a capacity for critical thinking, an ability to gather, organise and analyse large quantities of data, and an aptitude for developing new and innovative ideas. You will have the chance to develop specialist skills including in the lexical and grammatical analysis of English, computer programming for language technologies, and crafting language for creative industries.

Why Lancaster?

We are one of the largest departments for the study of language in the country and one of the most highly rated in the world (10th in the QS World Rankings). Studying linguistics at Lancaster means you will be able to:

  • Explore a wealth of Linguistics and English language-related topics – You can focus on core areas of Linguistics and English Language including the sounds and structures of English and other of the world’s languages, address theoretical questions concerning the origins, nature and development of language and its relation to mind and society, and/or explore English as it is used in a variety of contexts including politics, law, advertising and literature.
  • Learn from the experts – Our staff are world leaders in their respective fields but they are also all involved in teaching to bring you the latest topics and developments in Linguistics and English Language research. Our staff are famous for their work in corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, linguistic typology, forensic linguistics, speech science, the language of Shakespeare, and the use of corpus linguistic methods when investigating English.
  • Benefit from our world-leading facilities: As a student at Lancaster, you will gain hands-on experience of research in Linguistics and English Language through our cutting-edge labs which are furnished with the very latest equipment. These include a phonetics lab, an eye-tracking lab, a perception and learning lab, and an EEG lab.
  • Experience the world: Whether it be through our Schools Volunteering module, our Work Placement schemes, or our Study Abroad options, our degree programme offers you the chance to gain valuable experiences which will stay with you for life.

A supportive environment: Our friendly staff are here to support you throughout your studies. All students are assigned an academic adviser who is there to get to know you personally and provide guidance on a range of issues.

Careers

A degree in Linguistics gives you access to a range of exciting and rewarding career paths. To provide just some examples, our graduates have gone on to become:

  • speech and language therapists for the NHS as well as private organisations
  • marketing professionals in large corporations and small businesses
  • teachers from primary level to university level
  • journalists for national outlets as well as local newspapers

Linguistics and English Language graduates in the future workforce

Our increasingly digital world means that there are work opportunities in developing chatbots, improving the quality of AI-generated voices, analysing online harms and developing social media policy. With a grounding in the fundamentals of language, you could be a part of these innovations.

Career-focused modules

Through all our modules you will develop key analytical skills that will enable you to excel in a variety of careers. You will also have the opportunity to take some of our more career-focused modules. For example, our Schools-Volunteering Module gives you the chance to spend time in a local school gaining first-hand experience of teaching. You can pursue other career aspirations through our Placement Module in which you spend time working in a sector or area of your choice.

Internships

Each year, we invite current students to apply for a research internship. These are paid opportunities in which our students work closely with academic members of staff on active research projects. Students gain advanced research skills that are valuable in a variety of employment settings. Recently, our students have worked as interns on the following projects:

  • Accent variation in historic north Lancashire
  • Discourses around vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Analysing AI-Generated Speech
  • The role of creativity and working memory in second language writing performance

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

International foundation programmes

Delivered in partnership with INTO Lancaster University, our one-year tailored foundation pathways are designed to improve your subject knowledge and English language skills to the level required by a range of Lancaster University degrees. Visit the INTO Lancaster University website for more details and a list of eligible degrees you can progress onto.

Contextual Offers

Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of applicants whose personal circumstances may have impacted their exam results.

Contextual offers

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Core

Optional

Core

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Core

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Fees and funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2025/26 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2024/25 were:

Home International
£9,250 £23,750

Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for students starting in 2025 are not yet available. You can use our scholarships for 2024-entry applicants as guidance.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

Our Students’ Charter

We believe in the importance of a strong and productive partnership between our students and staff. In order to ensure your time at Lancaster is a positive experience we have worked with the Students’ Union to articulate this relationship and the standards to which the University and its students aspire. View our Charter and other policies.

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