This degree focuses on how language works, how it is structured and what it does, from the physical properties of speech, to how languages change and develop over time.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAA-ABB
IB: 34-36 points
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You learn about the growth and development of language in the brain as well as methodologies for the scientific study of the human language faculty.
In addition, you study a modern language from a choice of French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese.
Modules cover topics such as:
- grammar and sound patterns
- social contexts in which languages are learnt
You can complete a dissertation in your third year, investigating a topic that you are passionate about. You will also be offered a range of opportunities to participate in staff research projects.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Linguistics at Newcastle ranks in the top 10 UK universities in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017.
We also rank in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.
Field trips and eventsField trips and events
Studying at Newcastle means much more than your time spent in the classroom or the library. The School organises regular field trips to cultural venues in the region such as:
- The Wordsworth Trust (Dove Cottage)
- Bede's World
- Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books
- local museums including Beamish and the Great North Museum
We are home to the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA). This brings internationally renowned writers to Newcastle, through a year-long festival of readings, discussion and debate.
The cross-faculty Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences also organises a rich programme of extracurricular events.
Study abroadStudy abroad
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester in your second year, through the Erasmus programme. The work that you do and the grades you achieve are counted towards your final degree.
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics has Erasmus links with the following universities:
- Leiden in the Netherlands
- Peter Pazmany in Hungary
- Gdansk in Poland
- Ghent in Belgium
We also have study abroad links with two universities in Canada