Linguistics and Philosophy BA

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  • Duration: 3 years full-time 
  • Award: BA

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This degree explores our dependence on language from different perspectives. In Linguistics you will learn about the nature and development of different languages. In Philosophy you will discover that reflection on language is a key part of any inquiry into philosophical questions.

Compulsory modules in Linguistics provide you with analytical tools and concepts that are essential for anyone studying language. Optional modules give you the chance to specialise in areas of the subject that catch your imagination, including language acquisition, historical linguistics, and the study of language in its social and cultural contexts. Find out more about the Linguistics side of the course on the School of English website.

The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their field. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy, such as logic, philosophy of language, ethics, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, and metaphysics. We also offer modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no required modules. Dual students have the choice of exactly the same modules as single honours Philosophy students. Philosophy modules

More information

More information on Linguistics and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2019 prospectus. Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab: University 2019 prospectus

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements for 2019

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: ABB, plus evidence of interest in language, linguistics and Philosophy, demonstrated through the personal statement
  • International Baccalaureate: 33 plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher: AABBB + B plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement

We can also accept other qualifications: Other entry requirements for Linguistics and Philosophy BA 

Other requirements

Applicants not presenting English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature may still be considered where relevant interest and experience in the literary arts (including film or media) can be demonstrated

English language requirements

 International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

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Disability and Support

We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

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