Discover how language shapes people’s ideas, attitudes and identities on our full-time English Language and Linguistics degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad for one semester in Germany or Spain, and receive ongoing support to find work placements. Become an expert communicator in a global language and impress employers worldwide, whichever career path you hope to follow.
ARU English Language and Linguistics completely changed my outlook on language from the very first lecture!
On our BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics, you’ll dig beneath the surface of everyday language to discover the mechanics, both physical and abstract, that allow us to communicate.
Topics such as syntax, semantics and phonology will give you a sense of how we create meaning from sounds and turn that meaning into complex structures that interpret the world around us. You’ll explore how language develops and evolves through use, as well as the similarities and differences between English and other languages.
Along the way you’ll pick up important research skills, including proposal writing and data analysis, while our optional modules will allow you to explore your own interests. You can choose from career-focused topics such as teaching English and writing news stories, to more academic areas such as how images communicate meaning and how different modes of expression can create and challenge gender.
You can also organise a placement in the field you hope to work in, or study a foreign language from beginner or elementary level all the way to advanced.
Throughout all of your studies our team of expert lecturers will be on-hand to support you, including Dr Bettina Beinhoff (Perceiving Identity through Accent – Attitudes towards Non-Native Speakers and their Accents in English), Dr Sebastian Rasinger (Quantitative Research in Linguistics: An Introduction) and Dr Michelle Sheehan (co-author, The Philosophy of Universal Grammar).
Course Leader: Dr Bettina Beinhoff
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics can help you to achieve a career in an area directly related to language and linguistics, such as speech therapy or teaching. It can also help you find work in any area that requires good linguistic and analytic skills, such as public relations, marketing and other areas of communication.
You might also decide to take a postgraduate course after you graduate, such as our MA Intercultural Communication.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You'll show your progress through a combination of essays, exams, oral presentations, and portfolios, involving both theoretical and practical work. Most of your modules will also include a practical element, such as data analysis exercises, giving you the chance to apply your theoretical knowledge to ‘real’ situations.
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.
This will allow you to experience English as a truly global phenomenon, and give you a chance to practice your intercultural skills. Our partner universities' English linguistics courses are all taught in English, but you can choose to study their native language as one of your optional modules.
Additional experiences like studying abroad increasingly help job applicants stand out from the crowd, and we encourage you to make use of these opportunities.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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