Discover how spoken and written language is used in various social, political, cultural and philosophical contexts, and explore its relationship with the mind. Study works from the medieval through to contemporary, exploring literature that gives us an insight into other people’s lives and takes us on journeys of self-discovery.
Why study English Literature and English Language and Linguistics at Kent?
Linguistics at Kent was ranked 4th for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023.English at Kent scored 87% overall in The Complete University Guide 2023.Your degree, your way: create your own pathway and choose from our wide range of options to tailor your degree to your interests. Study all aspects of language, and discover how it varies according to person, time and situation Get career-ready: Your knowledge and understanding of how language works and how we communicate will open doors to lots of exciting careers. Find out about the exciting career paths that graduates in English Language and Linguistics and in English Literature have takenOur linguistics laboratory is home to facilities for experimental and quantitative research in acoustics, sociophonetics, and speech and language processing and acquisition Discover hidden treasures: Canterbury Cathedral Library and our Special Collections archive contain manuscripts, historic records, and printed books dating back to the late 8th century
What our students say
“At Kent you can tailor your degree to what you excel in. I came here because it is so important to learn from lecturers who are passionate and at the forefront of innovation.” Elise McMellin, BA English Language and Linguistics
“You can really study anything from Graphic Novels to Shakespeare, which differed from a lot of universities that offered very stoic, traditional English Literature courses. Kent gave me a chance to change my mindset.”
Sian Pratley, English Literature graduate and Production Controller at Penguin Random House Publishing.
What you'll study
In your first year, you'll explore the structure of language, foundations of linguistics and speech sounds. Other modules allow you to explore sociolinguistics, the study of meaning and communication, stylistics to explore texts, and the global spread of the English language.
In your second and third years there are no compulsory modules, meaning you can tailor your studies to your own interests. Delve into more specialist areas from syntax to semantics, and the history of British English to teaching languages. You might also consider studying abroad - discovering a new culture and showing future employers that you can adapt to a new environment - or take a placement year in industry.
In your final year, you complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, supported by a supervisor.
See the modules you'll studyEnglish Language and Linguistics
Teaching involves a combination of lectures and seminars, and there may be additional workshops, discussion groups and practical sessions. You have group or one-to-one tutorials for research projects and dissertations, and also have tutorials with your lecturers and seminar leaders to discuss coursework and assignments. In addition, you have access to further information and support via Moodle, our interactive web-based learning platform.
At each stage, some modules are continuously assessed, while others combine coursework and examination. Stage 2 and 3 modules count towards your final degree result.
Modules are taught by weekly seminars. Core modules include a weekly lecture, plus individual supervision is offered for the Long Essay. Assessment at Stage 1 is by a mixture of coursework and examination. Some modules may include an optional practical element.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: