Linguistics and English Language

Learning outcomes and careers

This programme provides you with a range of knowledge and skills to prepare you for further study and a career using linguistics

Students graduating from our programme will understand how to analyse key data in core areas of linguistics, how to theorise such data, and how to exploit empirical methods to test their theories.

The key aims of the programme are to:

  • provide specialist knowledge within the fields of different theoretical sub-disciplines of linguistics
  • integrate relevant knowledge to establish a foundation for advanced research in those fields
  • provide a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of research in theoretical and descriptive linguistics
  • develop the students’ analytical skills in an interdisciplinary context

We offer a strong focus on theoretical understanding: you will learn how to analyse data in the context of cutting edge linguistic structure at all levels, drawing on expertise of the department, which is particularly strong in theory development, and will be well placed to compare and evaluate competing proposals, both from within the same theoretical model, and from competing models.

Additionally, you will acquire the necessary skills for working with several different types of data, depending on your specialisation, with the opportunity to learn about experiment design, statistical analysis and computer simulations, as well as traditional phonetic and grammatical analysis.

All of these skills provide a firm foundation for further PhD study in Linguistics or related disciplines.