Linguistics and English Language

Programme structure and assessment

This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation

You will take compulsory and option courses. The programme focuses initially on the structure of English, and also offers option courses on aspects of the history of English, on current varieties of the language and on a variety of approaches to the study of the language and English linguistics.

You can also choose option courses from a wide range of other areas of linguistic study. You may be able to take a course from other programmes in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, and in some cases, from elsewhere in the University.

Most courses will be taught in the form of lectures and seminars, though some courses will have a substantial practical or project work element. Each course will have different forms of assessment, ranging from exams to extended essays and small research projects. Assessments for each course take place in the same semester as that course, either during the semester or towards the end of it.

Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to attend a wide range of seminars by visiting lecturers to the Department, which will compliment and widen your learning.

In an average week of full-time study in semester 1 or 2, you can expect to have about 13 contact hours (in the form of lecturers, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions), in addition to substantial directed learning and independent study.

These will be distributed through the day and week in various ways according to the courses taken. In addition, students will meet with the programme director at regular intervals and will meet with their dissertation supervisor throughout the dissertation period. Part-time students should expect about half this number of hours per week.