Discover how spoken and written language is used in various social, political, cultural and philosophical contexts, and explore its relationship with the mind. Study from a multidisciplinary approach, including its nature, structure and use, and discover how it varies according to person, time and situation.
'At Kent there is such a varied choice of modules, 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
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.
Do you have a passion for literature too? You might want to consider BA English Literature and English Language and Linguistics.