English Language & Linguistics was part of Kent's REF2014 submission to Modern Languages and Linguistics that was ranked 3rd in the UK, with 85% of its research graded world-leading or internationally excellent. Linguistics at Kent was also ranked 4th in the UK for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2018, and 9th overall in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.
Linguistics, the scientific study of language, seeks to understand how languages are structured, used and acquired. What structural elements do languages have in common and in what ways do they differ? Are humans genetically predisposed to learn language? How does our linguistic and cultural background affect communication?
Students of English Language & Linguistics are highly articulate and some of the most employable graduates. English Language & Linguistics at Kent offers a range of undergraduate single and joint-honours programmes, exciting opportunities for study abroad and a wide module selection. Our postgraduate programmes offer more specialist study supported by academics with track records in world-leading research.