Linguistics

English Language and Linguistics - BA (Hons)

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Understand the science behind how we communicate. Work with expert staff to explore the link between language and the mind, and discover how language is used in society, politics and the media, literature and conversation.

Overview

Discover how spoken and written language is used in various social, political, cultural and philosophical contexts, and explore its relationship with the mind. Study from a multidisciplinary approach, including its nature, structure and use, and discover how it varies according to person, time and situation.

Why study English Language and Linguistics at Kent?

  • Linguistics at Kent was ranked 4th for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023.
  • Your degree, your way: create your own pathway and choose from our wide range of options to tailor your degree to your interests. Study all aspects of language, and discover how it varies according to person, time and situation
  • Get career-ready: your knowledge and understanding of how language works and how we communicate will open doors to lots of exciting careers. Meet some of our graduates and find out where English Language and Linguistics has taken them
  • Our linguistics laboratory is home to facilities for experimental and quantitative research in acoustics, sociophonetics, and speech and language processing and acquisition

What our students say

“At Kent there is such a varied choice of modules, you can tailor your degree to what you excel in. I came here because it is so important to learn from lecturers who are passionate and at the forefront of innovation.”

Elise McMellin, BA English Language and Linguistics

What you'll study

In your first year, you'll explore the structure of language, foundations of linguistics and speech sounds. Other modules allow you to explore sociolinguistics, the study of meaning and communication, stylistics to explore texts, and the global spread of the English language.

In your second and third years there are no compulsory modules, meaning you can tailor your studies to your own interests. Delve into more specialist areas from syntax to semantics, and the history of British English to teaching languages. You might also consider studying abroad - discovering a new culture and showing future employers that you can adapt to a new environment - or take a placement year in industry.

In your final year, you complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, supported by a supervisor.

See the modules you'll study

Do you have a passion for literature too? You might want to consider BA English Literature and English Language and Linguistics.

They are all active researchers so you get expertise on every aspect of the course, which really shows in the dissertation seminars.

Khoi Nguyen - English Language and Linguistics BA

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

  • medal-empty BTEC Nationals

    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DDM.

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL

  • medal-empty International Foundation Programme

    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in Academic Skills Development.

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad), 6 years part-time

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Fees

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £13000
  • International full-time £17400
  • Home part-time £4625
  • EU part-time £6500
  • International part-time £8700

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

On average, you have two one-hour lectures each week plus two seminar classes of two hours each. However, this varies depending on the material and the nature of the module, and there may be additional workshops, discussion groups and practical sessions. You have group or one-to-one tutorials for research projects and dissertations, and also have tutorials with your lecturers and seminar leaders to discuss coursework and assignments. In addition, you have access to further information and support via Moodle, our interactive web-based learning platform.

At each stage, some modules are continuously assessed, while others combine coursework and examination. Stage 2 and 3 modules count towards your final degree result.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide a challenging and research-led programme of study, relevant to the needs of students with a strong interest in English language and language structure more generally
  • meet the needs of those thinking of working in education, training, writing,  publishing, commerce, language-based therapy and tourism, or other careers where sensitivity to language and communication plays a central role
  • offer a grounding in linguistic theory, and sensitivity  to social, cultural and political issues which surround the use of language
  • provide teaching which is informed by current research, scholarship and good practice
  • enable students to manage their own learning and to carry out independent research
  • develop general critical, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • provide students with opportunities for the development of their personal, communication, research and other key skills
  • enable students to think and work creatively and intellectually and to stimulate their search for knowledge and insight.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the interdisciplinary nature of linguistics and language studies
  • terminology to describe and understand the nature and use of language, including relevant descriptive linguistic concepts, terms relevant to theory and explanation in linguistics, the role of language in social life, and sychronic and diachronic perspectives
  • the way speech sounds are articulated, described and change in isolation and in natural speech, and how these are organised into a system
  • the structures and properties of individual words and sentences
  • the way meaning is generated in language
  • language varieties, styles and registers, with particular reference to English
  • intercultural language issues
  • language acquisition
  • discourse in its broader political, historical and sociocultural contexts (discourse analysis, stylistics and text analysis, theories of discourse).

Intellectual skills

You gain intellectual skills in how to:

  • construct and manage an argument
  • critically judge and evaluate evidence
  • present, evaluate and interpret a variety of data
  • assess the merits of contrasting theories and explanations, including those from other disciplines
  • collect and analyse data using a variety of methods
  • consider the ethical aspects of collecting, handling and storing of data
  • summarise and synthesise information from a number of sources
  • reach independent judgements about data or theory.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • demonstrating and applying knowledge of the main methods of enquiry and analysis in linguistics and its sub-fields
  • understanding the technical and ethical issues in linguistic data collection
  • presenting linguistic data
  • evaluating and interpreting linguistic data, developing lines of argument, and making sound judgements in accordance with the central theories and analytical concepts in linguistics and its sub-fields
  • separating descriptive from prescriptive linguistic judgements, and challenging linguistic prejudice.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • communication: presenting the results of study and work accurately, with well-structured and coherent arguments in an effective and fluent manner both in speech and in writing; communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • effective interaction within small groups, exercising personal responsibility, sensitivity and appropriate decision-making skills
  • managing your own learning, demonstrating the ability to conduct independent research, to achieve goals, take initiative, be organised and meet deadlines
  • understanding the dynamics of oral and written communication within a variety of settings
  • library and information technology application and resources
  • advanced-level IT, including aspects relating to multimedia and multimodal discourse
  • managing time and prioritising workloads
  • accurate and effective note-taking
  • problem-solving in a variety of theoretical and practical situations.

Independent rankings

Linguistics at Kent was ranked 4th for student satisfaction and 11th for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2023.

Of final-year English Language/Linguistics students who completed the National Student Survey 2021, 88% were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Previous graduates have gone on to work in:

  • advertising
  • journalism and professional writing
  • media
  • law
  • public relations
  • marketing and sales
  • publishing
  • broadcasting
  • civil or diplomatic services.

Help finding a job

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Work experience

We offer a number of modules with direct relevance to the world of work, including options that focus on teaching and on writing in the media.

Career-enhancing skills

Alongside specialist skills, you also develop the transferable skills graduate employers look for, including the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • work independently and as part of a team.

You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

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