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Bilingualism (MArts)

Bangor University
4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
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Program description


The first three years of this course are the same as for Linguistics BA (Hons). If you choose this 4-year option you will focus on Bilingualism (Linguistics MArts are also options), during which you will take three postgraduate-level modules and complete a dissertation on a research topic closely linked to your chosen field. The aim of the fourth year is to develop your academic and transferrable skills and to increase your employability.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Our School of Linguistics and English Language is one of the oldest Linguistics departments in the UK.
  • Our degree programs are taught by staff who are active researchers in a range of theoretical and applied areas relating to the English Language degrees - many have international reputations in the field.
  • Our Linguistics degree modules will give you a scientific insight into the structure and use of language, psycholinguistics (the relationship between mind and language) and sociolinguistics (the relationship between society and language).
  • Our modules cover a wide range of subject matters, and in your third year you will be able to focus your attention on those questions that interest you most - the final year consists of option modules.
  • Our wide range of learning facilities includes an extensive collection of books on Linguistics and English Language, a speech laboratory (in the Bilingualism Centre), as well as recording equipment for hire.
  • We have an annual David Crystal day when Prof. David Crystal, the world's foremost authority on the English language gives classes to students in the School.
  • A unique feature of this degree is the opportunity to take a Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language alongside your degree.

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Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

For joint degrees you should also look at the entry requirements for your other chosen subject.

Typical offer is based on a minimum of 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels (no specific subjects required)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
  • Access: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Language Core
  • Disgrifio Iaith (Semester 2)
  • Intro to English Grammar (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Intro to Phonetics & Phonology (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Introduction to Meaning (Semester 2)

Optional Modules

  • Language, Literature & Culture (Semester 2)
  • Language and Society (Semester 1)
  • Any level 1 module(s)

Non-native English speakers will be required to take at least 20 credits (max. 40 credits) with ELCOS, unless exempted by their Tutor. ELCOS modules can also be taken as non-credit modules. Students may wish to take 40 credits from another School - speak with your personal tutor if you wish to do so.

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Bilingualism Core
  • Sounds and Sound Systems (Semester 2)
  • Meaning, Mind and Truth (Semester 1)
  • Morphosyntax (Semester 1)
  • Ieithyddiaeth Gymraeg (Semester 1)

Optional Modules

  • Ymarfer Ysgrifennu (Semester 1 + 2)
  • History of English (Semester 1)
  • Functions of Discourse (Semester 2)
  • English Teaching in Classroom (Semester 1)
  • Amrywiaeth yn y Gymraeg (Semester 2)

Students can take up to 20 credits of year 2 modules from another School. One of the modules in this section must be selected as an elective module. If a module from another School is taken, this must be selected as the elective.

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Dissertation Core

Semester 2

  • Dissertation
  • Language Contact & Bilinguals (Semester 2)
  • SLA and Language Teaching (Semester 2)
  • Psycholinguistics (Semester 2)
  • Agweddau ar Ddwyieithrwydd (Semester 1)

Optional Modules

  • EFL Theory (Semester 1)
  • Child Language Acquisition (Semester 2)
  • Speech Science (Semester 1)
  • Language and Communication (Semester 1)
  • Historical Linguistics (Semester 2)

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • MArts Dissertation Core

Semester 2

  • Methods in Lang & Bilingualism
  • MArts Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • Language Contact & Bilinguals (Semester 2)
  • EFL Theory (Semester 1)
  • Child Language Acquisition (Semester 2)
  • SLA and Language Teaching (Semester 2)
  • Speech Science (Semester 2)
  • Language and Communication (Semester 1)
  • Psycholinguistics (Semester 2)
  • Agweddau ar Ddwyieithrwydd (Semester 1)
  • Historical Linguistics (Semester 2)

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn an MArts degree.

Career opportunities

Employability and Linguistics and English Language degrees

A degree in Linguistics and English Language equips you with knowledge and skills which will open many doors for you when choosing a career.

  • Our modules in Child Language Acquisition, Speech and Language Disorders offer a good foundation for those who wish to pursue postgraduate training in speech and language therapy in order to qualify as a speech and language therapist.
  • Our modules on English Grammar and Child Language Acquisition offer a good foundation for those who wish to pursue a PGCE (teacher training qualification).
  • Modules in Teaching English as a foreign Language are invaluable for those who wish to teach English overseas.

However, some English Language/Linguistics graduates, as with most other Arts graduates follow a career path that's not directly related to their degree.

Linguistics and English Language graduates have gone on to work in following fields: accountancy, librarianship, the police force, teaching English as a foreign language, or have gone on to further postgraduate study, teacher training or other training such as diploma in social work or postgraduate training for speech and language therapy.

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