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School of English
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 0236
Email english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
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School of English

1st for research environment
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This four-year course is run jointly by the School of English and the School of East Asian Studies. The Japanese side of the course combines intensive study of the Japanese language (from beginner level) with modules on Japan and East Asia. Your linguistics modules will teach you the analytical techniques and concepts that are essential for becoming a successful linguist. You'll spend the third year of your degree at one of our partner universities in Japan.

As a dual honours student, you'll divide your studies between the School of English and the School of East Asian Studies. Choice and flexibility are at the heart of our teaching, which means you can pursue and develop your own interests. At every level, there is a wide variety of modules to choose from. You will be taught by world-leading experts from both departments.

You'll be required to take a minimum number of credits within both departments each year, but how you choose to divide your modules after this is up to you: split your modules evenly between English and Japanese, or choose to weight your degree in favour of one subject or the other.

You'll learn Japanese intensively from scratch: speaking, listening, reading and writing. You'll learn phonetic scripts (kana) from the outset, and learn the roughly 2,000 Sino-Japanese characters (kanji) needed over the four years of the course. Your core linguistics modules will provide you with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of linguistic research, while optional modules will allow you to specialise in areas of the subject that inspire you the most, including language acquisition, historical linguistics, literary linguistics, or the study of language in its social and cultural contexts.

Research is central to the student experience here in Sheffield. All our teaching is informed by the latest findings, and all our students have the opportunity to carry out their own research project as part of their degree. Outside your degree there are many opportunities to develop your interests, insights and critical faculties.

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 + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33 + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
BTEC DDD in a relevant + 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, typically including a modern foreign language and 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
  • General Studies is accepted
  • 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
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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

Course information on School of East Asian Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Japanese Language 1A
Japanese Language 2A
Japanese Language 1B
Japanese Language 2B
The Sounds of English
The Structure of English

Optional modules:

History of English
Linguistic Theory
Varieties of English

Second year

Core modules:

Japanese Language 3A
Japanese Language 4A
Japanese Language 3B
Japanese Language 4B

Optional modules:

A Sense of Place: Local and Regional Identity
Big Data:Language & Digital Corpra
Exiles and Monsters: An Introduction to Old English
First Language Acquisition
Historical Linguistics
Language and Cognition
Phonetics
Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
The History of Persuasion
Writing the Real

Third year

Core modules:

Japanese Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Japanese Language 5
Japanese Language 6

Optional modules:

Advanced Syntax
Approaches to Discourse
Dialect in Literature and Film
Dissertation
Experiments in Digital Story-Telling
Historical Pragmatics
Language and Gender
Psychology of Language
Research Practice
Researching Japan 1
Researching Japan 2
Researching Readers
Special Subject
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Text-Worlds
Theolinguistics
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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 38%
Independent study 63%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 52%
Coursework 37%
Practical 12%

School of English

Jessop West

We're one of the largest and most successful English departments in the UK. Our interdisciplinary approach brings together the study of literature, language, linguistics, film, theatre and creative writing to form a community that is unique in its breadth and depth of study of the English language.

Our world-leading research, active student community and civic ethos makes Sheffield one of the world's most exciting places to study English. Our academic staff are experts in their field and use their cutting-edge research to inform their teaching and the content of the modules that you'll study. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired.

As a student here, you can can specialise in your chosen subject, while also forging interdisciplinary connections by taking modules from different degree programmes. We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. Our modules use 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're committed to providing you with the pastoral support you need in order to thrive in your degree. You'll be assigned a personal tutor with whom you'll have regular meetings. You're 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

School of East Asian Studies

Our courses are designed to immerse you in the languages and cultures of East Asian countries. You will be taught by native speakers in Chinese, Japanese and Korean in regular small group classes using custom made course material. To enhance your learning, we also have a modern virtual language lab, which enables you to learn using visual and audio aids.

Our courses are based on world-leading research and taught by experts whose work influences policy and informs public debate. Most of our staff publish in their specialist field and many of them have written books for major publishers such as Oxford University Press, Routledge and Macmillan.

Take one of our Chinese, Japanese or Korean studies degrees and spend a year studying at a leading university in your chosen country. Our partners are Nanjing University in China, six high ranking universities in South Korea including Yonsei University in Seoul and more than 25 Japanese universities including Tokyo, Kyoto and Waseda University.

School of East Asian Studies website


What our graduates do

The academic aptitude and personal skills that you develop on your degree will make you highly prized by employers, whatever your chosen career path after university:

- Excellent oral and written communication
- Independent working
- Time management and organisation
- Planning and researching written work
- Articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories
- Leading and participating in discussions
- Negotiation and teamwork
- Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
- Critical reasoning and analysis

Our graduates are confident and articulate. They have highly developed communication skills, equipping them for a wide range of careers in journalism, the charity sector, marketing and communications, theatre and television production, PR, copywriting, publishing, teaching, web development, accountancy, and speech and language therapy, among other fields.

Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, research, and an academic career.

Student profile


English


"One of the best things about studying Linguistics at Sheffield is the passionate staff and their support - you can tell that they love their subject. It's very welcoming and I always feel at home."

Megan Wood
BA student in the School of English


"What I enjoy most is the variety; you can be moving from doing economy in China, cinema in Korea to business in Japan in the space of a single semester, so you can tailor it to your own interests."

Frankie Gurdon
School of East Asian Studies

As part of this degree you'll spend a year studying in Japan at one of our partner institutions located across the breadth of the country, from Hokkaido in the snowy north to Okinawa in the tropical south. There are over twenty possible destinations, including elite public and private universities, as well as prominent regional institutions.

During your year in Japan you'll immerse yourself in this fascinating country. You'll continue to take intensive Japanese language courses as well as choosing from a range of other modules taught in English or Japanese.

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School of English
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Email english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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