Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QL33
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Language and Linguistics Sociology

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School of English
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School of English

1st for research environment
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This is a three-year dual degree. The combination of subjects gives you a unique insight into the development of language and its place in society.

In Linguistics, the core modules provide you with the analytical tools and concepts essential for anyone studying human language. Optional modules give you the chance to specialise in areas of the subject that catch your imagination, including language acquisition, historical linguistics, or the study of language in its social and cultural contexts.

In Sociology you'll learn about institutions and social structures and their impact on our daily lives. You'll explore concepts of community, identity and welfare and examine issues including discrimination, globalisation, religion and belief, migration, deviance, feminism and modernity.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

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
International Baccalaureate 33 plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2+evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB + 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

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of English website

Department of Sociological Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Classical Sociological Theory
Exploring Classical Social Thought Seminars
Introduction to Social Research
The Sociological Imagination Seminar
The Sociology of Everyday Life
The Sounds of English
The Structure of English

Optional modules:

History of English
Linguistic Theory
Varieties of English
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Globalisation and World Cultures
Introducing Criminology
Understanding Inequality
Welfare Politics and the State

Second year

Core modules:

Sociological Theory and Analysis

Optional modules:

Crime, Justice and Social Policy
Dynamics of Social Change and Policy
Exiles and Monsters: An Introduction to Old English
First Language Acquisition
Introduction to Middle English
Language Attitudes
Language Politics and Language Policy
Language and Cognition
Race, Immigration & Multiculturalism
Social Problems: Policy and Practice
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of the Media
Special Subject
The History of Persuasion
The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Writing the Real

Third year

Optional modules:

Advanced Phonetics
Advanced Syntax
Approaches to Discourse
Children and Youth within Developing Societies
Conversation Analysis
Dialect in Literature and Film
Digital Language and Literature
Extended Essay in Sociology
Extended Essay in Sociology
Historical Pragmatics
How the World Gets Made
How to lie with statistics
Intimacy and Personal Relationships
Investigating Real Readers
Language and Gender
Migration and Families
Psychology of Language
Research Practice
Social Media, Data and Society
Sociology of Evil
Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine
Special Subject
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
The Sociology of Organised Crime
The Sociology of Surveillance
The Value of Sociology
What it means to be human
Whiteness, Power and Privilege
World Englishes

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 12%
Independent study 88%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 23%
Coursework 77%
Practical 0%

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

Department of Sociological Studies

You'll learn about key concepts like community, identity and welfare. Our degrees explore important sociological issues including crime, migration, religion and poverty.

Our world-leading interdisciplinary research shapes our teaching, so you're always challenged and up to date. Our staff are experts in their field and work with organisations in the UK and worldwide, bringing fresh perspectives to your studies. They'll give you the advice and support you need to excel in your subject. There are around 130 places available on our courses.

Department staff also play key roles in the Faculty of Social Science's Digital Society Network (DSN), an active group of researchers working on all aspects of digital-society relations. The DSN hosts events and activities to stimulate and support research in this area.

Department of Sociological Studies 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

Dr Amber Regis explains what you can study and discover at the School of English.

"I think it's a really good department, the staff are very hands on and they all have their special subject knowledge.""

Sarah Langford

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