Linguistics (Placement Year)

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code Q101
  • Entry Year 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 2

    2nd for Linguistics

    Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2023)

  • Joint 7th for Graduate Prospects (Linguistics) Complete University Guide 2023

  • Joint 12th in the world for Linguistics (QS World University Rankings 2022)

Why Lancaster?

  • Study a diverse course taught by one of best linguistics and English language departments in the world
  • Benefit from small class sizes designed to challenge you as a linguist and sharpen your skills
  • Gain practical experience using your linguistics skills and knowledge with opportunities like our School Volunteering module and research internships
  • Experiment in our eye-tracking and EEG labs, Phonetics Lab, Perception and Learning Laboratory
  • Learn from world leaders in linguistics education – the team wrote a first-year textbook Introducing Linguistics (published by Routledge)
  • Explore different places, their traditions and cultures with the options to go on short trips or study abroad for an entire year

How does a child learn language? What is the relationship between accents and social status? How can voice recognition technologies be improved? Linguistics offers insight into the human mind, combining arts and sciences into one captivating subject.

A fascinating area

We’re one of the largest departments for this area in the country, and our experts are viewed as global leaders in this field. Our approach to linguistics brings theory to life by looking at how research is applied to the real world.

From day one, you’ll cover fascinating topics from language origins and loss to grammatical systems. We’ll explain the biology behind creating speech too and explore sounds like the clicks used in South African languages.

Inspiring teaching team

Whether you want to understand how people communicate across cultures or the different ways politicians use words to persuade, we have expertise across a very wide spectrum. They’ll share their latest research insights and discuss the exciting career possibilities you’ll be able to pursue. Think roles in teaching, technology, management, and more.

Alongside core teaching, you’ll pick from a range of modules. Maybe you’ll choose our fascinating Forensic Linguistics module. Or perhaps you’d prefer to take our Schools Volunteering module where you’ll gain practical experience using your linguistics skills and knowledge in the classroom. Other popular modules include Child Language Acquisition and The Language of Advertising.

Your placement year

Sometimes known as a year in industry, your placement year will take place between your second and final year of study and this will extend your degree to four years. A placement year is an excellent way to:

  • try out a role that you may be interested in as a career path
  • start to build your professional network (some placement students are offered permanent roles to return to after they graduate)
  • Develop skills, knowledge and experience to put you ahead of the field when you graduate

You’ll spend your third year in a paid, graduate-level position, where you’ll work for between nine and twelve months in the type of role that you might be considering for after you graduate. A very wide range of companies and organisations offer placements across all sectors.

As a full-time employee, you’ll have a detailed job description with specific responsibilities and opportunities to access training and development, the same as other employees. You will however still be a Lancaster University student during your placement and we’ll keep in touch to check how you are getting on.

Our Careers and Placements Team will help you to secure a suitable placement with expert advice and resources, such as:

  • creating an effective CV
  • cover letters and applications
  • tips and techniques on how to make an impact at interviews and assessment centres
  • how to create a strong digital profile
  • how to research employers and career sectors of interest

This support is offered via a combination of in-person and online formats, including individual advice sessions.

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 continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year.

Careers

Language study isn’t just about knowledge and facts, but learning to manage data, evaluate evidence and present results. All of these are the skills that today’s employers value.

From education to information technology, a linguistics degree is useful in a range of sectors. It’s also highly valued in fields involving international communication, such as science, trade and international relations.

Typically, our graduates are interested in jobs in:

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

Some of our graduates continue their studies with a postgraduate course or professional training in the field of languages or linguistics. This helps expand their expertise and opens doors to new opportunities in the field.

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

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

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.

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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 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

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Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Linguistics and English Language and what you'll study as a Linguistics and English Language student.

Linguistics and English Language subject guide

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Important information

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