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BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

University of York
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

Studying English Language and Linguistics will enable you to discover the changing shape of English over time and space, and the science behind language acquisition, processing and communication.

You’ll engage with theories of how language works as well as hands-on analysis of linguistic data. The challenging integration of theory and practice will enable you to become a uniquely-skilled analytical thinker and problem-solver. Your knowledge and understanding of how a language works and how we communicate, and the skills you will develop along the way, will give you a solid foundation for a wide range of careers.

This flexible course allows you to focus on your main interests from the second year onwards. You’ll be taught by world-leading academics whose expertise covers a range of areas of linguistics.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: AAB
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, M2
  • European Baccalaureate: 80% overall average
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components
  • Duolingo: 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

You'll take six modules overall: two English Language modules and four linguistics modules, worth 20 credits each.

  • Understanding English Grammar
  • History of English I
  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • Introduction to Semantics

Year 2

You'll take six modules overall, at least two of them on English Language.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Language Acquisition

Taking one of the following two modules is compulsory. You can also choose to take both:

  • Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology
  • Intermediate Syntax

Option modules

Example English Language options (20 credits each):

  • History of English II
  • Middle English in Context
  • Intermediate Language Variation and Change
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language I
  • World Englishes

Example Linguistics options (20 credits each):

  • Intermediate Semantics
  • Introduction to Pragmatics
  • Language of Turn and Sequence
  • Linguistics as Data Science

Year 3

You'll take six modules overall: at least two on English Language and four more modules from a wide range of options.

Example English Language options (20 credits each):

  • English Corpus Linguistics
  • English Place-Names Across Time and Space
  • Multimodality: Language and the Body
  • The Prosody of English
  • The Linguistics of Consumerism

Example Linguistics options (20 credits each):

  • Advanced Topics in Language Variation & Change
  • Applied Phonological Theory: Clinical Data in English
  • Crosslinguistic Semantics
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Introduction to Historical-Comparative Methods in Linguistics
  • Language and Identity
  • Psycholinguistics

Program delivery

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Tuition fees

  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £18,350 per year


Transferable skills

  • Effective communication skills
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Critical thinking
  • Project management
  • Independent learning
  • Data analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

Career opportunities

  • Marketing and communications
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting and journalism
  • Local government and public service
  • Business, finance and accountancy
  • Teaching
  • Translation and interpreting
  • IT and software development

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University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse...

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University of York

YO10 5DD York
United Kingdom

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