Linguistics explores how language works: how it is structured, interpreted and used. This degree will allow you to develop an understanding of human communication using approaches from the arts and sciences that will equip you with a variety of skills. Core and optional modules will allow you to explore topics such as language acquisition, syntax, language change and death as well as phonetics - the study of how speech sounds are physically produced.
Thai Studies is a fantastic opportunity to become proficient in Thai language while developing an understanding of the politics, society and culture of a fast-growing and vibrant country. Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to the nation's history. You'll then be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules exploring the history, culture and politics of Asia Pacific more broadly, from Chinese history to Japanese politics and East Asian religions.
The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections- valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
If you're choosing to study a language as part of your Joint Honours degree, our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You'll study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.
Core modules in your first year will introduce you to the structure of language, as well as how language is used to convey meaning. In the following year you'll study further core modules in the key areas of syntax and phonetics as well as choosing optional modules such as Psycholinguistics or Language and Gender. You'll continue to benefit from this choice in your final year, with options including language acquisition and phonological theory.
In your first year intensive core language modules will develop your spoken and written Thai, and choose from optional modules on topics such as development in South East Asia or Japanese cultural history. Then you'll travel to Thailand, where you'll sharpen your language skills and experience Thai culture. When you return you'll spend the next two years in advanced language classes and choose from further optional modules, where you'll learn about recent Thai history and explore the fascinating cultures, societies and politics of countries across East Asia.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that you're intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
You'll have good research skills, and you'll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You'll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you'll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. They've gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
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Study abroad and work placements
After your first year, you'll spend a year at Chiang Mai University in Thailand to benefit from expert teaching in Thai language and culture. It's a fantastic way to develop your knowledge and language skills. But between classes, you'll have plenty of opportunities to travel and explore the country, getting a real insight into life in Thailand.
Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies