English Language & Linguistics

Ten reasons to study English Language & Linguistics at Kent


  1. Expert teaching - At Kent you will be taught by lively, enthusiastic and committed lecturers, who are passionate about their subjects and sharing those subjects with you. Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. In the National Student Survey 2017, over 92% of final-year Linguistics students who responded to the survey were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. Linguistics at Kent was ranked 5th in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2019.

  2. Research excellence - English Language and Linguistics was part of Kent's REF2014 submission to Modern Languages and Linguistics that was ranked 3rd in the UK, with 85% of its published research graded 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. The staff's research interests reflect the wide range of modules available at Kent. Current research specialisms include first and second language acquisition, phonetics, phonology, language in developmental disorders, language variation and change, pragmatics, literary stylistics, semantics and syntax.

  3. Flexible programme - At Kent, you'll learn the fundamentals of language study in year 1 and equipped with these you'll be able to choose from an adventurous range of topics, that include syntax, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, the study of sound, and literary stylistics, all of which speak for the breadth of research areas covered by the staff.

  4. Study abroad - ELL students have the opportunity to study, in English, at any of our five European partner universities; membership of SECL also gives you access to state-of-the-art language courses should you wish to complement your love of linguistics with a new language.

  5. Student satisfaction - We have instituted policies that enhance student experience; these include our policy of one-on-one essay return and the holding of regular office hours for all lecturers, during which students may visit for further questions and discussion about their studies. In addition, students can also consult the School Student Support Officer who is responsible for giving guidance and advice to our students.

  6. Multidisciplinary department - At Kent we pride ourselves on the multidisciplinary focus of our department: a study of language from all its aspects. This includes the nature and structure of language but also the use of language and how this varies according to person, time and situation.

  7. Employability - The School of European Culture and Languages runs an employability programme each years especially for our students, as well as particular employability modules to enable you gain work experience alongside credits for your degree. For graduate prospects, Linguistics at Kent was ranked 1st in The Times Good University Guide 2018, 1st in The Complete University Guide 2019 and 5th in The Guardian University Guide.

  8. Fantastic surroundings - Our green and spacious campus overlooks the historic city of Canterbury. As well as state-of-the-art academic facilities like the Templeman Library, the campus has plenty of bars, eateries, an independent cinema and theatre, sports centre and recently re-vamped nightclub. Canterbury itself attracts visitors from far and wide and has many bars, cafes, restaurants and shops.

  9. Safety - The University of Kent also has its own campus security team – Campus Watch – to ensure the safety of all staff, students and visitors.

  10. Transport links - Canterbury has great transport links, with three European capitals – London, Paris, and Brussels – just a short distance away by train. Closer to home, the Kent coast can be reached in no time at all by bus or train – the picturesque fishing village of Whitstable is only eight miles away.





English Language & Linguistics, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44(0)1227 823638 or email English Language & Linguistics

Last Updated: 27/04/2018