UCAS code: QQ31
Duration: 4 years
School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
You will take our carefully designed introductory course, which introduces you to the principles of theoretical linguistics.
You will also study the way we learn language, the regional and social variations of language in general, and of the English language in particular, and methods of communication.
If you are studying English language as part of a joint honours programme you will also take courses from your other subject area.
You will take four further semester-long courses (two in the case of some joint honours programmes) looking at linguistic theory and research techniques, the structure of spoken and written English and other languages, and at the evolution of language and the patterns of linguistic change as it has occurred in and beyond the UK.
You will study compulsory courses and choose from a range of advanced linguistics courses such as Child Bilingualism, Origins and Evolution of Language, Speech Production and Perception and Pragmatics. If you are studying a joint honours in linguistics with a language you will spend Year 3 studying or working abroad.
In Year 4 you will continue to choose specialist courses according to your interests. You will also take a specialised research training course before starting your honours dissertation, regarded by many as the most formative experience of their undergraduate studies.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Teaching will take place in the linguistics computer labs and other teaching facilities located within the University's Central Area. You can also use the School's recording studio, perception experiment laboratory and the Eyetracking Lab, which is run jointly with the School of Informatics. You will also have access to the University's libraries and computer facilities.
There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the Erasmus programme or the University's international exchange programme.
Most courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and some small-group project work. You will also do some independent practical work in Year 2 and more independent study in Year 3 and Year 4.
During Years 1 and 2 you will undergo continuous assessment through tests and assignments. In Years 3 and 4, you will be assessed through coursework, exams, projects and your dissertation.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
A linguistics qualification is a good foundation for professions such as speech therapy or adult literacy, or for teaching English as a foreign language. Linguistics graduates work in a wide range of other fields such as journalism, international relations, translation, marketing and social research. Recent graduates have taken up funded places on MSc programmes or have found employment in speech technology research.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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