Combining theoretical and practical elements, the programme explores
both the structure of language and its relationship with culture,
society, and the mind. A broad choice of theoretical topics encompasses
such areas as syntax, phonetics and phonology, morphology,
sociolinguistics, language acquisition, semantics, pragmatics, literary
stylistics and critical and cultural theory, while modules in language
learning and teaching, creative and media writing, and language and
media have a more vocational focus.
Within the English Literature element of your degree,
you study traditional areas (such as Shakespeare or Dickens) and examine American works, for a broader perspective on English-language
literature. You can also explore creative writing and recent
developments in literary theory. These studies, combined with English
Language and Linguistics, give you a powerful insight into the workings
of literature, the mechanics of language and its cultural impact.English 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.
For graduate prospects, Linguistics at Kent was ranked 1st in The Times Good University Guide 2018, 4th in The Complete University Guide 2018 and 5th in The Guardian University Guide 2018.
Of English students who graduated from Kent in 2016, 98% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE). For graduate prospects, English and Creative Writing at Kent was ranked 15th in The Guardian University Guide 2018 and English was ranked 15th in The Complete University Guide 2018.
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: