Language is one of the more prominent ways in which we communicate. Through language, we are able to express ourselves, and is considered as one of the most important skills we possess as humans. Studying a linguistics degree will allow you to develop your understanding of language and communication, and how we interpret different types of linguistics. You will study a variety of modules, with opportunities to bolster your linguistic knowledge in a wide range of subject areas.
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The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be dependent on the specific content of your course. At undergraduate level, you can typically expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or a Bachelor of Science (BSc). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), a Master of Science (MSc), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award research degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate linguistics degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
- Postgraduate - £8,750
An undergraduate degree in linguistics will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You could study modules on phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, language acquisition, sign language linguistics, and grammar. The majority of undergraduate degrees will be designed to suit those who have limited experience of studying linguistics, as well as challenging those who have previously studied or worked within linguistics. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, as well as incorporating practical sessions. Assessment methods could include written work, presentations, group work, and a dissertation or major research project.
When studying for a postgraduate degree, such as an MA or MSc, you will build on the knowledge gained at undergraduate degree. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist areas of the subject. You will cover the more traditional linguistics subjects, as well as exploring more contemporary concepts. Modules and specialisms could include psycholinguistics, forensic phonetics, bilingualism, regional languages, old English language and linguistics, foreign languages, and modern language developments. Assessment methods might include written work, presentations, and a final major research project.
The entry requirements for a degree in linguistics will depend on where you choose to study. It will also depend on the level for which you are applying. An undergraduate degree will generally require that you have previously studied an essay based, qualitative subject, such as English language or literature. If you do not have a strong background in this area, but can prove that you are passionate about linguistics, some universities will still consider your application. You can display this through your personal statement, or admissions interview. For a postgraduate degree, you will be required to have an undergraduate degree in Linguistics, English Language/Linguistics, or a closely related subject.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - AAB-BCC
- UCAS Points - 136-104 UCAS points
- Required/Desired Subjects - English Language/Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Modern Foreign Languages
- Degree Requirements - 2:2 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - English Language/Linguistics/Literature, Modern Languages, History
Graduates of a linguistics degree will find that there are a wide variety of career opportunities available to them. You will have developed a useful and transferable set of skills throughout your time at university. If you choose to work in a role directly related to your degree, jobs could include teaching, lexicography, speech and language therapy, and translation. If you choose to work in a role not directly related to your role, jobs could include marketing, public relations, advertising, and copywriting.