Linguistics (Placement Year)

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code Q101
  • 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?

  • 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.


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

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.








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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