English Language (Study Abroad)

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code Q311
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years


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 Lancaster?

  • Learn from leaders in this field– the team wrote the textbook 'English Language: Description, Variation and Context' (Bloomsbury)
  • Study a diverse course taught by one of the best linguistics and English language departments in the world
  • Experiment in our eye-tracking and EEG labs, Phonetics Lab, Perception and Learning Laboratory
  • Benefit from small class sizes designed to challenge you as an English language specialist
  • Boost your employability with opportunities like our School Volunteering module and research internships

How has English grammar evolved? What muscles help us speak? Is perceiving speech different from music? Answer these questions and more while also exploring fields in English Language studies such as conversation analysis, corporate communication and corpus linguistics.

Surrounded by experts

Studying the secrets of the English language is fascinating and opens doors to a whole host of careers in education, international relations, science, and more. At Lancaster, you’ll look closely at its functions and sounds while exploring how language can help us understand the world.

Our Linguistics and English Language department is one of the largest in the UK, which means we can offer an extensive range of optional modules. You might study the language of advertising to untangle what makes marketing persuasive. Or perhaps explore the processes a child goes through in learning their first language.

Explore your interests

In core modules, you’ll delve into the grammar and sound system of the English language. As for optional modules, pick from areas such as Discourse Analysis, Language and Pedagogic Practice, and Forensic Linguistics.

In your final year, you’ll apply everything you’ve learnt about the English Language to your dissertation. This can be on any area that interests you – we’ll match you with a member of staff who specialises in that area. Past students have looked at gender representation in British comedy and aggressive language in the workplace.

Boosting your employability is key for us. We’ll help you build a diverse skill set which will be sought after by employers across a whole host of sectors.


Language study isn’t just about facts, but also learning to manage data, evaluate evidence and present results. These are all skills that today’s employers value.

Here are some areas that typically interest our graduates:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Teaching (primary, secondary, and English as a foreign language abroad)
  • Journalism, media and publishing
  • Speech technology
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Management

Some of our graduates continue their studies or specialise with a postgraduate course or professional training in the field of languages or a related area.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award, which offers you the opportunity to complete activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

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

Course Structure

Detailed module information for this undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.

Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

UK International
£9,250 £23,750

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

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Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 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.

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