English Language and Linguistics (BA (Hons))

University of Kent

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
- 3 years

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How you will study
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About English Language and Linguistics at University of Kent

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, seeking to understand how it is structured, used and acquired. You explore spoken and written language in all its complexity and its relationship with culture, society and the mind.

English Language and Linguistics is based in the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), which is one of the largest academic schools in the University. Our multidisciplinary focus allows you to study all aspects of language, including its nature, structure and use, and discover how this varies according to person, time and situation.

Our degree programme

The programme examines how language is used in various social, political, cultural and philosophical contexts, including the media, literature and everyday conversation.

In your first year you learn the fundamentals of language. In your second and third years you choose from a broad range of theoretical topics such as syntax, phonetics and phonology, morphology, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, semantics, pragmatics, literary stylistics, and critical and cultural theory.

You can also study modules with a more vocational focus, such as language learning and teaching, creative and media writing, and language and media.

Year abroad

It is possible to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply.

Study resources

The Linguistics Laboratory has facilities for experimental and quantitative research in acoustics, sociophonetics, and speech and language processing and acquisition. You also have access to the School of European Culture and Languages’ recording studio and a multimedia lab.

 Extra activities

There are a variety of societies and groups you can join. The English Language and Linguistics Society is based around a common interest in language. It provides excellent networking opportunities and access to valuable knowledge and resources that could enhance your studies.

The Department also hosts the Centre for Language and Linguistics, which runs a programme of seminars, lectures and reading groups that you may join.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2.1 at undergraduate level and a Merit at Master's level in a relevant discipline, from a UK or other approved university and/or equivalent. You must submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words on your intended topic.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.

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English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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