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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

About the Department of Linguistics

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film (SLLF) is defined by excellence in five areas, where the collision of different disciplines creates a vibrant multi- and interdisciplinary environment for research and teaching. We bring minds together from across the globe and offer a wealth of subject expertise across the arts and humanities, from practical film-making to postmodern literature and experimental neurolinguistics.

Situated within one of London’s most culturally and linguistically diverse areas, the Department of Linguistics explores our unique, human way of communicating through a diverse range of programmes. The Department sits at the intersection of academic excellence and public engagement. Not only is it ranked highly for research, but that work is also embedded in initiatives that see to support teachers, the city’s multilingual communities and the general public.

Both a single and richly varied entity, our School’s work has a global reach. We foster an environment that supports and enables thinking across national, linguistic and cultural boundaries on a range of topics that relate to the literary, the visual, the social and much more. In doing so, true to the Queen Mary spirit, the collision of different disciplines and minds leads to the previously untinkable.

Linguistics department people 2017-18

The department was ranked first in the UK for research quality in the last three research assessments (REF2021, REF2014, RAE2008) and received an overall satisfaction rating of 93.1% in the National Student Survey 2020.

At undergraduate level we offer one of the most comprehensive programmes in London for the study of English Language and the study of Linguistics. We also offer a wide range of combined degrees. We arrange several bespoke career events every year for our undergraduate students, including guidance on work placement during their studies and help with preparing for a range of career options at the end of their degree.

At postgraduate level we offer an MA in Linguistics, MRes training as part of an integrated Doctoral Centre, and a thriving PhD programme. Our community of postgraduate students are part of a highly active research culture, with reading groups, visiting lectures, and workshops that take place every week and are open to all. The Department houses state-of-the-art research facilities: a Phonetics lab, a Language Acquisition lab, and a Postgraduate Research Centre. Our Alumni pages offer an overview of recently completed PhD research.


The Department engages extensively with local East London communities, with the media, and the wider public through initiatives such as Multilingual Capital and English Language Teaching Resources. We welcome student involvement in all of these initiatives, and encourage students to explore the extraordinary stic and cultural diversity of London in their studies, as we do in our own research.

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