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Linguistics and Modern Languages

Bangor University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

Linguistics and Modern Languages

Studying linguistics will enable you to learn about, understand and interpret many aspects of human language. On this Linguistics and Modern Languages joint honours degree, you will study the ‘science’ behind language, including possible sounds used in speech and their combination (phonetics, phonology), how words are built up morphology), what distinguishes sentences from just strings of words (syntax), meaning (semantics and pragmatics), the effect that society, culture and norms have upon language use (sociolinguistics) and how languages change over time. You will also study the acquisition and use of language. On this Linguistics and Modern Languages course you will also develop advanced skills in a modern language, and specialised insights into the culture, society and history that go with it.

Linguistics is the study of how language works and how and why language is used. Linguists look at how people learn, understand and speak language. Linguistics has a theoretical dimension but also an applied dimension – such as language technology, language policy and language in education. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the ways in which different languages are different or similar in terms of their grammar, how society and language go hand-in-hand, and the functions and status that different languages have across the world.

Studying one or more modern languages gives you the practical skills of learning a language, while also letting you explore the cultural, historical and social aspects of speakers of different languages worldwide. In addition to the language learning that takes place in the classroom, there are lots of exciting opportunities for you to boost your language skills and increase your cultural awareness thanks to extra-curricular activities.

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Admission requirements

For 2022 Entry

Offers are tariff based, 96 - 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels (including grade C in relevant modern language). No language required for language-beginners' pathway .
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including grade H5 in relevant modern language. H5 in English Literature or English Language preferred). No language required for language-beginners' pathway.
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma**: MMM - DMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: Case by case**
  • Access**
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • T-levels: considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Introduction to Bilingualism

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

  • Advance Chinese Lang Skills
  • French Lang. Skills or
  • Italian Language 2
  • Spanish Language 2 or

Scholarships & funding

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


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Career paths

A degree in Linguistics and Modern Languages provides subject knowledge and expertise. You will also develop important transferrable skills valued by a range of employers. These include critical reading and evaluation, research and analytical skills, project management skills, proficiency in diverse modes of presentation (written, electronic and spoken), problem solving skills, experience working independently, time management and team-work experience, information technology skills, and the chance to develop effective interpersonal communication.

Studying Modern Languages opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Some modern languages graduates work in teaching and translating. However, graduates on this type of course also embark upon successful careers in wide variety of areas. These include the civil service, business and commerce, industry and the media. The skills you learn whilst studying Modern Languages – cultural awareness, communication, accuracy, planning and logical analysis – are valued highly by employers from a wide variety of different sectors.

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Bangor University

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Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. Bangor University is in the top 40 in the UK for research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

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We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

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Bangor University
LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
United Kingdom

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