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Linguistics, BA

Lancaster University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Lancaster
English
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Linguistics, BA

What is the relationship between accents and social status? How can voice recognition technologies be improved? How does a child learn language? What do the world’s languages have in common, and how are they different? Linguistics offers a fresh insight into the human mind, combining arts and sciences into one captivating subject.

Our approach to linguistics brings to life the theory through exploring real-world implications and applications. We are one of the country’s largest Linguistics and English Language departments, meaning that we have a wide range of optional modules available to you throughout your degree program. Our world-leading academics cover a very wide range of language study specialisms, and our students benefit from their expertise in lectures, seminars, tutorials, and supervisions. They will teach you from day one in small classes designed to challenge you as a linguist.

Whether you want to understand more about accents or the benefits of multilingualism, how people communicate across cultures or how politicians use words to persuade, we have expertise across a very wide spectrum. We have a large Phonetics Lab and Psycholinguistics Lab which students are encouraged to use throughout their degree program.

In your first year, the Linguistics module gives you an introduction to the basics, touching on many intriguing and inspiring topics. You also take two other subjects to complement your major. A popular choice for one of these is English Language, but you could select subjects from other related disciplines.

In addition to the core courses about the sounds and structures of language, there are many exciting options for your second and final year. They include Child Language Acquisition, Corporate Communication, Language Change, Forensic Linguistics and Stylistics. In your final year, you’ll also write your dissertation, exploring a topic that particularly interests you. You will be supported by a supervisor, one of our staff who has expertise in the area you choose to research.

Admission requirements

Grade Requirements

  • A Level AAB
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component.

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.

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


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Program content

Year 1

Core

  • Linguistics

Optional

  • English Language

Year 2

Core

  • Developing Academic Practice
  • Sounds of the World's Languages
  • Structures of the World's Languages

Optional

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Corporate communication
  • Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in Use
  • English Grammar
  • English Phonetics
  • Independent Study
  • Introduction to Computational Linguistics
  • Language and Pedagogic Practice
  • Language in the Workplace: Topics in Professional Communication
  • Language Origins and Evolution
  • Literacy and Education
  • Placement module
  • Pragmatics
  • Stylistics
  • The Language of Advertising
  • Understanding Media

Year 3

Core

  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Dissertation
  • Topics in Phonetic and Phonological Theory

Optional

  • Advanced English Phonetics
  • Corpus-based English Language Studies
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Language and Identities: Gender, ethnicity and class
  • Language Change in English and Beyond
  • Language, Culture and Thought
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Schools Volunteering Module

Tuition fees

  • For UK students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £19,930 per year

Continuing studies

Some of our graduates continue their studies at Lancaster or other institutions and undertake postgraduate studies or professional training in the field of languages or linguistics.

Career opportunities

Language study is not just about facts, but learning a range of skills in data management and analysis, the evaluation of evidence, and the synthesis and presentation of results. These are the kinds of skills that today’s employers value.

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
  • Speech Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Management

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