Undergraduate BA (Hons)

English Language and Linguistics

Understand the science behind how we communicate and explore the link between language, the mind and society.

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Course overview

Discover how spoken and written language is used in various social, political, cultural, and philosophical contexts, exploring its relationship with the mind and society as a whole. At Kent you will gain the confidence and support to apply your understanding of language and linguistics to today’s world, gaining critical and creative skills that allow you to effect change and shape your own future.

You will have the chance to 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. Your studies will sharpen your critical tools and nourish your unique creativity in a supportive academic environment. Our curriculum is designed set you up for a successful and exciting career across wide range of fields. Wherever you want to go, this course is a great first step to get there.

Why study English Language and Linguistics at Kent?

First-class resources

Our linguistics laboratory aids experimental and quantitative research in acoustics, sociophonetics, and speech and language processing and acquisition.



Languages and linguistics at Kent was joint 1st for 'Value added' in The Guardian University Guide 2024

Your degree. Your way.

“At Kent there is such a varied choice of modules, you can tailor your degree to what you excel in."

Play to your strengths.

We do not have exams, and our coursework often goes beyond the standard essay or dissertation. This way we assess your best work.

Kickstart your career

Your knowledge and understanding of how language works and how we communicate will open doors to lots of exciting careers.  

Everything you need to know about our English Language and Linguistics course

Entry requirements

During Clearing our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies. If you think you've found the course for you, apply now to start your Kent journey this September.

Course structure

You'll start by exploring the structure of language, foundations of linguistics and speech sounds. You then move through sociolinguistics, the study of meaning and communication, stylistics to explore texts, and the global spread of the English language.

How you'll study

Teaching involves a combination of lectures and seminars, and there may be additional workshops, discussion groups and practical sessions.

Meet Liane

There’s so much support, you always feel like there’s a net to catch you. Kent really seems to care about making sure that every student matters.

Hear from English Language and Linguistics student Liane Chester as she speaks about her time so far at Kent.

Your future

Your knowledge and understanding of how language works and how we communicate will open doors to lots of exciting careers. Whether you have a specific career in mind or haven’t thought beyond university, we can help you plan for success.

As an English Language and Linguistics graduate, you will have developed the key skills that employers look for, including the ability to think critically, communicate your ideas and opinions, and work independently and as part of a team. We offer several modules with direct relevance to the world of work, including options that focus on teaching or writing in the media.

There are lots of opportunities for you to gain extra skills such as learning a language or volunteering. Outside of your studies our employability team also offer a comprehensive programme of workshops, CV clinics, mock assessment centres, alumni talks and careers events specifically to help you succeed when you graduate.

The creative problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills you develop at Kent can prepare you for a career in any field. The study of literature and language at Kent equips you with the adaptability to thrive in an exciting career in whatever area you are passionate about. This means you leave Kent ready to step into a career of limitless opportunities, from education to business, charity to government; you’ll have the talent and insight to build the career you want.

Graduate success
Emily Cook graduated with a degree in English Language & Linguistics, and is now a freelance writer and broadcast journalist.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

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  • International
  • UK
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  • International

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 undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

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

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

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


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

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