How does language work? How does English function in different contexts? What makes human language such a unique way of communicating? Linguistics and English language offer a fresh insight into the human mind and into society, combining arts and sciences into one captivating subject.
We have a cutting-edge approach to linguistics and English language, studying theory, real-world implications and applications. We currently stand as one of the country’s largest and most highly ranked Linguistics and English Language departments, meaning that we have a wide range of optional modules available to you throughout your degree programme. Each and every area of language is covered by one of our world-leading academics, and our students benefit from their expertise in lectures, seminars, tutorials, and supervisions. They will teach you from day one in small classes designed to challenge you as a linguist. You will also be encouraged to use our excellent research facilities, including a Phonetics Lab and a Psycholinguistics Lab, throughout your degree.
You’ll begin your degree with modules including Linguistics and English Language. Your second year will be spent at one of our partner universities around the world including the U.S.A., Europe, Canada, and Australia. Here you’ll move onto core subjects such as phonetics and grammar, but you will also be able to benefit from the courses offered by our partner universities, some of which we may not offer here at Lancaster. Our academics here at Lancaster will ensure that the programme you select whilst studying abroad is appropriate. We are careful to make sure that you will benefit from the study abroad experience, ensuring that there is a smooth transition into third-year when you return from abroad.
In the third year, you’ll pick two modules from Corpus Approaches to English Language, Advanced English Phonetics, Cognitive Linguistics and Topics in Phonetic and Phonological Theory. Optional modules include Forensic Linguistics and Language Change in English and Beyond. You’ll complete your degree with a dissertation in which you carry out in-depth research into a topic that interests you.
Your degree opens doors to jobs in speech therapy and language technology. You will develop analytical and investigative skills, highly prized 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.