Expand your understanding of English, one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world, and develop analytical, communicative and intercultural skills that will improve your employability.
ARU English Language and Linguistics completely changed my outlook on language from the very first lecture!
On our BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics, you’ll dig beneath the surface of everyday language to discover the mechanics, both physical and abstract, that allow us to communicate.
Topics such as syntax, semantics and phonology will give you a sense of how we create meaning from sounds and turn that meaning into complex structures that interpret the world around us. You’ll explore how language develops and evolves through use, as well as the similarities and differences between English and other languages.
Along the way you’ll pick up important research skills, including proposal writing and data analysis, while our optional modules will allow you to explore your own interests. You can choose from career-focused topics such as teaching English and writing news stories, to more academic areas such as how images communicate meaning and how different modes of expression can create and challenge gender.
You can also organise a placement in the field you hope to work in, or study a foreign language from beginner or elementary level all the way to advanced.
Throughout all of your studies our team of expert lecturers will be on-hand to support you, including Dr Bettina Beinhoff (Perceiving Identity through Accent – Attitudes towards Non-Native Speakers and their Accents in English), Dr Sebastian Rasinger (Quantitative Research in Linguistics: An Introduction) and Dr Michelle Sheehan (co-author, The Philosophy of Universal Grammar).
Course Leader: Dr Bettina Beinhoff
Our BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics can help you to achieve a career in an area directly related to language and linguistics, such as speech therapy or teaching. It can also help you find work in any area that requires good linguistic and analytic skills, such as public relations, marketing and other areas of communication.
You might also decide to take a postgraduate course after you graduate, such as our MA Intercultural Communication.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the appropriate module structure below:
You'll show your progress through a combination of essays, exams, oral presentations, and portfolios, involving both theoretical and practical work. Most of your modules will also include a practical element, such as data analysis exercises, giving you the chance to apply your theoretical knowledge to ‘real’ situations.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll be able to study abroad for a semester or two as part of our Erasmus exchange (supported by the European Union). This will let you experience English as a truly global phenomenon, and you’ll also get to practice your intercultural skills.
Our partner universities are located across Europe (in Spain, Italy, France and Turkey), and all of their English linguistics courses are taught in English. You can even choose to study the relevant language as one of your optional modules, helping you to better communicate with the locals.
Additional experiences like studying abroad increasingly help job applicants stand out from the crowd, and we encourage you to make use of these opportunities.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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