Study English Language as part of our Joint Honours programme and you will enjoy a distinctive, diverse and challenging learning experience, building skills which are relevant to a wide range of career paths.
- Learn how language shapes our understanding of ourselves and the world
- Discover things about the English language you never knew, such as the way we produce speech sounds
- Challenge existing attitudes to linguistic correctness and varieties of English
- Explore the relationship between language and the human mind
- Enhance your career prospects by improving your written and oral presentation skills
- Gain practical experience through work-based learning opportunities.
You can also study English or English Literature and Language as single honours subjects at Derby.
If you're interested in how language works, this course offers a fascinating intellectual challenge while developing practical and analytical skills which are highly sought after by employers.
Exploring the power of language
Our programme covers a range of approaches which enable you to describe and analyse language at all levels, from the individual sounds of English through words, phrases and sentences to stretches of written and spoken language.
It brings a new dimension to areas you may have encountered already, such as language and power, stylistics and Gricean pragmatics. It also introduces you to other branches of language including psycholinguistics, cognitive pragmatics and literacy.
In addition, we will help you become familiar with significant historical, social and global varieties of language as well as the nature of linguistic representation and the construction of meaning.
In the second and third stages of your programme, you will have increasing control over the modules you study and the assignment topics you pursue. We provide a broad choice of optional modules to allow you to specialise in your particular areas of interest.
Conduct your own research
The study of English Language is based on observation and experiment. As you progress through this programme, you will learn how to undertake your own hands-on research into key questions surrounding language. You will design research projects, collect and analyse spoken or written linguistic data, and draw conclusions.
In stage two of the course, you will collaborate with other students on a research initiative and present your findings as a conference poster, which you will display to the group and discuss with the staff members who are assessing you.
Work-based learning opportunities
We offer exciting opportunities for you to apply your skills and knowledge in the context of the workplace. Our strong partnerships across the creative and cultural industries open doors to a range of work-related learning activities and employer-led projects.
You can make the most of these experiences through modules in stages two and three of the course