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. Dual students have the choice of the same modules as single honours English Language and Linguistics students.

Find out more about the Linguistics side of the course including modules

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.

Information about Philosophy modules

Our campus and how we use it

While some of our teaching takes place in the department, most of it is timetabled to take place in purpose-built teaching spaces across the campus (see our campus map). The campus has many amenities, and is located at the heart of the city, giving you easy access to shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Learning and Assessment

Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information

More information on Linguistics and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

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 qualifications

Other requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification. Equivalent English language qualifications

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How to apply

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Disability and Support

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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