About the course

From September 2017, both the English Language course and the English Language and Linguistics course will be reinvented as a simpler ‘BA English’ degree. This new degree will offer more flexibility by allowing students to take their own combination of language, linguistics and literature modules, tailoring the course to their own interests. More information about the new course will follow shortly, but the ‘Language and Linguistics’ strand of the new course will be similar to the existing courses.

The Language and Linguistics strand of the new degree will be practical course where you will gain knowledge about the inner workings of language, skills in analysing the role that language plays in constructing self and society, and skills in using language effectively to make a difference. The focus is on language which plays a crucial role in forming identities, such as accents and dialects, and the importance of language in overarching issues of the 21st century, such as globalisation and social justice.

The course aims to increase students’ confidence and equip them with oral communication skills, presentation skills, new media literacy, and research skills that are essential both for the workplace and life.

The course covers the full spectrum of topics from language acquisition, language and gender, world Englishes, and language change to structural analysis. It is unique in providing students with the opportunity to reflect on their own ethical vision and the future that they want to create for themselves and their society. The course provides skills for a wide range of careers where oral communication, presentation skills, writing skills and ethical reflection form a central part of the job, leaving many paths open for the future.

Illustrative modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to English (including language history)
  • Writing the Self (including language and identity)
  • The Stories We Live by (including sociolinguistics and ecolinguistics)

Year 2

  • The power and magic of language (including conversation analysis)
  • Language Structure (including sematics, syntax and pragmatics)
  • Language and Gender
  • Linguistic Comparison (comparing English with other worlds languages)
  • Language Acquisition and Identity

Year 3

  • Communication for Leadership
  • English Dialects and Sociolinguistics
  • Language History
  • English Language in the Digital Age


  • look at contemporary language in action
  • take a creative and analytical approach to language
  • study dialect and how it works in communities

Career opportunities

  • ethical business
  • media
  • teaching
  • publishing
  • marketing and PR
  • speech therapy

How will the course be assessed?

The course is assessed by coursework (consisting of presentations, projects, essays and assignments).

Study optionsFull-time and part-time


Francis Close Hall

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