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BA (honours) in English Language & Linguistics

A Levels: ABB
UCAS Code: Q3Q1

Sheffield’s The School of English is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the UK to study English. Year after year, our students rate us highly in the National Student Satisfaction survey, and the Independent Evaluation of Teaching describes us as a “friendly and democratic environment in which to study.”

Applications and Further Details

All admissions enquiries should be directed to the English reception, on

All general enquiries should be directed to Helen Penkethman, our English Language and Linguistics secretary (

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To apply for our BA in English Language and Linguistics please follow the link to the Undergraduate prospectus 2018

We welcome applications until 30 June 2017 for most of our courses. If your chosen course becomes full we may not be able to consider your application. So the earlier you apply the better!

Year 1

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption

Our program is carefully designed to both give you a solid foundation in linguistic theory, and to link this theory to the huge array of real-life contexts in which language is used. In your first year, you take courses in four important sub-areas of linguistics: theoretical linguistic structure, historical linguistics, dialectology, and experimental linguistics. Throughout the remainder of your degree, you will have the opportunity to tailor your own study by expanding on any (or all) of these four areas, as well as modules in literary linguistics, language teaching pedagogy, other languages, creative writing, or…anything else!

Because language is used in every facet of human life, linguistics links to every other field of study. Through the Centre for Linguistic Research, Sheffield’s ELL program has links to other departments across the university, and we encourage you to explore the area of language you are most passionate about.

This is a list of the modules being offered to first year students on the BA in Language and Linguistics, with links to detailed descriptions of what you study on these modules.

Students will take the following core modules in year one:

ELL110 Varieties of English
ELL112 The Sounds of English (10 credits)
ELL113 The Structure of English (10 credits)
ELL114 History of English
ELL120 Linguistics Theory

The remaining 40 credits are chosen from the list of optional English modules listed below.
Alternatively students can choose to take up to 40 credits as unrestricted modules outside the School of English.

For a short video on how your first year will be structured, please visit the  English Language and Linguistics First Year Structure video page.

Autumn modules

Spring Modules

Year 2

Having developed core skills in your first year, you are given the freedom to choose from a wide selection of modules at level two. Here is a list of some of the modules currently being offered at level two

For further information on currently available modules, please visit our Level two modules page.

Year 3

In your third year, you are again given the freedom to choose from a wide selection of modules.

You will also be given the opportunity to undertake an independent research project, which can be written up as a dissertation. This is an optional component of our degree programme and those who choose to do a dissertation find that the organisational skills it requires serve them well in their future careers.

For further information on currently available modules, please visit our Level three modules page.

Assessment Methods

We pride ourselves on our range of assessment methods and are often praised by our external examiners on the diversity we offer. In addition to writing essays, you can also expect the opportunity to complete presentations, take part in group projects, design posters, work with local businesses, produce podcasts and even design websites. We think it’s essential that our students are trained in ways that they can apply to their work once they leave us. So in addition to keeping you interested, our assessment methods prepare you for your future.

Further details on Learning and assessment

Our Staff

The staff who teach on this course have excellent reputations in an impressive range of fields. In addition to authoring key texts in English Language and Linguistics, they also serve on editorial boards for esteemed publications (including Cambridge University Press' Studies in English Language Series and Edinburgh University Press' Dialects of English Series) and hold key positions in important learned societies. These include the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The British Association of Applied Linguistics, the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas, and The Philological Society..

Click here for a list of staff and their teaching and research interests.