English language and linguistics

Language is humanity’s greatest invention and at the heart of all communication. It’s easy to take language for granted, but the ability to communicate effectively in different scenarios – to explain, inspire, persuade and effect change – is an uncommon skill highly valued by every employer, whatever career you have in mind.

Through an exciting range of innovative modules shaped and taught by supportive, research-active staff, you’ll explore this fascinating subject. From tutorials and group work to eye-opening psycholinguistic experiments using a range of engaging, student-centred teaching methods.

You can study English Language and Linguistics as a single honours or as part of a combined undergraduate degree

The overwhelming support I got from my lecturers was amazing. Whenever I had interests that lay beyond the topics covered, they always gave me the freedom to explore those subjects and weave them into my coursework. This individuality has really helped me find out what I want to do in life.

Laura de Haan

BA (Hons) English Language & Communication with Journalism

Our teaching staff

Our academics are actively engaged in research in their specialist areas and regularly present at national and international conferences. You’ll work in partnership with academics by diving into real-life data, helping with research and by learning from guest experts. The department has hosted several events at the University including:

  • Institute of Acoustics Workshop
  • Child Language Seminar
  • Relevance Theory Workshop
  • Linguistics Association of Great Britain
  • Second international conference of Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD).

Throughout your studies, you will receive academic and personal support to help you get the best out of your degree and learn about this fascinating subject area.

At the open day, the lecturers and learning environment impressed me. The course covered a diverse range of topics, which have all proved relevant and important to my current role.

Kate Stephenson

BA (Hons) English Language and Communication with Journalism and Media Culture (2013)