Two of our departments join forces to teach this fascinating degree. You’ll be taught by one of the country’s largest Linguistics and English Language department and an English Literature department which has a cutting-edge approach to literary study. You’ll study a broad range of literature while at the same time you will uncover the secrets contained within the language used to write them. Studying the sound, grammar and meaning systems of language means your appreciation and understanding of texts will be enhanced.
The mixture of English Literature and Linguistics topics is evenly balanced. The degree starts with the core elements of English Literature and Linguistics, while in the second year you’ll move on to more specialised modules.
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.
Your fourth year
In your final year, you’ll be able to pursue the topics that intrigue you the most. You could choose from modules such as a dissertation, Cognitive Linguistics, Contemporary Middle Eastern Literatures, Shakespeare, and many other fascinating topics.
You’ll have regular meetings with your academic advisor and the opportunity to join our student societies which bring together students with a shared interest in writing, literature, and language.
Your degree opens doors to jobs in speech therapy and language technology. You will be encouraged to develop your analytical and investigative skills, which 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.