Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code Q3Q1
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Language and Linguistics Linguistics

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School of English
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School of English

1st for research environment
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

In the first year of the course, you will learn essential analytical tools and concepts. You will take compulsory modules dealing with the structure and sounds of English. You will also take a module introducing you to linguistic study. These modules will allow you to learn about how language actually works and how linguists study it.

You'll then apply the things you've learned in these modules to the history of English and language variation, which will teach you about how language varies in space and time.

In the second year, you can start to specialise in areas that capture your imagination. You will have the freedom to design the course that suits you, building on the topics from the first year that most interest you. You will have the chance to study modules in formal linguistics such as phonetics and syntax, modules that deal with the history of language and linguistic thought, and modules that deal with language and society, as well as modules that explore how language is acquired and taught.

Your third year will allow you to further specialise your interests in topics that inspire you. You will have the opportunity to continue your interest in formal linguistics by developing your thinking about language and the mind. You can build on your passion for the history of English by learning about the latest thinking on the development of the language. Your interests in language and society can be developed as you take modules exploring the relationship between language and gender, discourse, and place.

Throughout your final year you will have the opportunity to work on your own research project, which will inform your final dissertation.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB, plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
International Baccalaureate 33 plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject plus with 16 units at Distinction plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement English Language or a foreign language is preferred but not essential
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B with evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
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
  • 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
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

School of English

Jessop West

We are a research intensive department with an international perspective on English studies across four distinct degree programmes. Students can specialise in their chosen degree, whilst also taking modules from different programmes, forging interdisciplinary connections about the ways in which humans use language.

Our staff are researchers, critics, and writers. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. Our modules draw on a range of innovative assessments and can include designing websites, writing blog posts, and working with publishing software, in addition to writing essays and delivering presentations. We are committed to providing our students with the pastoral support they need in order to thrive in their degree. All students are assigned a personal tutor with whom they have regular meetings. You are welcome to see any of the academic staff in our regular office hours, if there's anything you want to ask.

School of English website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are confident and articulate. They have highly developed communication skills, preparing them for a wide range of career paths, from information technology, to media and public relations, to marketing and advertising. Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, research, and an academic career.

Student profile

"How has my degree helped me in my career so far? The communications skills I've learnt have helped me to form arguments and influence people. And critical thinking is a really important skill in the workplace."

Claire Roper

"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke

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