With the steady increase in global business activity, knowledge of an East Asian language is an important skill that is in demand with many employers.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAA-ABB
IB: 34-36 points
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This degree allows you to combine your interest in linguistics with the study of Mandarin Chinese or Japanese.
At each Stage, you spend two thirds of your time studying linguistics, concentrating on the structure, history and social aspects of English and language in general.
You spend the remaining third studying your chosen language.
You spend a year abroad during Stage 3 in either China or Japan, developing your language confidence and experiencing life in another culture.
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.
Study abroadStudy abroad
You spend your third year studying at a University in China or Japan, where you follow a programme of intensive language study in your chosen language. See our list of partner institutions in each country below.
We will help you to organise visas and accommodation and will keep in regular contact with you during your time abroad.
- Beijing Language and Culture University
- East China Normal University
- Hosei (Tokyo)
- International Christian University (ICU)
- Sophia University
- Waseda University
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.
Facilities and support
As a student at Newcastle, you will be part of our School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, which has a long and prestigious history.
The School occupies its own building, the Percy Building, in the heart of campus where you will join a lively community of students, academics, authors and professionals.
All of our students enjoy exceptional library provision from our award-winning Library Service, which houses over one million books and a huge range of electronic resources.
Newcastle University Students' Union is home to one of the best student newspapers in the country, The Courier. You also have the opportunity to submit poetry and short prose for the School's magazine, Alliterati.
You'll have a personal tutor throughout your degree