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Q100 BA (Hons) 3 years


New Programme Starting September 2018

The first year of the programme provides an integrated foundational base in Linguistics: students will learn about the building blocks of the sounds of human language (phonetics and phonology) and of structure and meaning (syntax and semantics), as well as the principles are behind language variation and change (typology, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics). Students will hone their practical skills by doing basic fieldwork with an unfamiliar language, transcribing languages using the International Phonetic Alphabet, and analysing structures of different languages, alongside more general training in academic writing and critical thinking. 

The second year of the programme develops the core areas of sound, structure, meaning, variation, and change in more depth, and brings on a host of new options in language typology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and experiments, language acquisition, computational linguistics, and historical linguistics. A core module in qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methods covers highly transferable skills (e.g. research ethics, hands-on data collection, data processing, and data analysis) and prepares students for their final year dissertation. 

The final year allows students to take a wide range of options, for example, studying Constructed Languages, working with a native speaker of an endangered language, running experiments on language processing or on bilingual brain behaviour, studying the philosophy of language, or investigating communication disorders and speech therapy. Students will conduct a dissertation, involving original data analysis under supervision, building on the research methods learned in the second year. Students may have the opportunity to engage with the local community, as part of the QM model, or to volunteer on staff-led research projects in the department, e.g. associated with the two laboratories or with funded grant projects, to gain real research experience.

Why study Linguistics at Queen Mary?

English Language and Linguistics is taught in the thriving School of Languages, Linguistics and Film.  We have a vast amount of experience in the field, so you will always be taught by leading specialists of international standing whose cutting-edge research informs their high-quality teaching. In the Government’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), we were ranked highly for the quality of the research being carried out by staff. In particular, Linguistics was ranked 1st in the UK.

Year abroad option 

Linguistics with a Year Abroad
Q101 BA (four years)

You can choose to apply for a four-year version of this degree with a full year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each programme may vary). While there are no extra tuition fees associated with these placements abroad, you will need to cover the cost of your transport to your destination and your living expenses, including accommodation.

Studying abroad is an excellent way to grow in confidence and broaden your outlook on life by experiencing another culture, while making friends and having fun. When you return to QMUL after this experience, you will have a new perspective on life for your final year and will be awarded the ‘with study abroad’ variant in your degree title, which will help you stand out to employers.

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL.


YEAR 1:   

  • Foundations of Linguistics (30 credits, compulsory) 
  • English in Use (15 credits, compulsory) -- QM model module
  • Sounds of English (15 credits, compulsory)
  • Introduction to English Syntax (15 credits, compulsory)
  • Languages of the World (15 credits, compulsory)
  • Introduction to Phonology (15 credits, compulsory)
  • Academic and Professional Writing (15 credits, compulsory)

YEAR 2: 

  • Aspects of Meaning (15 credits, compulsory) 
  • Research Methods in Linguistics (15 credits, compulsory)
  • Options among new and existing option modules in English Language/Linguistics

YEAR 3: 

  • Dissertation project (30 credits, compulsory)
  • Options among new and existing option modules in English Language/Linguistics
  • Students on this degree will be required to complete at least 2 out of 6 new two-module sequences of modules in the following areas:
    • Phonetics,
    • Phonology
    • Syntax
    • Semantics 
    • Sociolinguistics 
    • Typology
    • Students will also be encouraged to explore inter-disciplinary options in Computer Science and in Psychology, with possible module options in English Literature and Comparative Literature as well.

QMUL will aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. However, it is important to realise that in some circumstances, we may change aspects of your programme. See our full terms and conditions to read more: 


Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching

Teaching takes a number of forms.

Lectures are used to convey information, to introduce students to the basic concepts of the discipline and develop sustained interpretation and argument.

Seminars and workshops allow students to put into practice the concepts and approaches presented in lectures.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 5-6 hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Assessment of linguistics work takes a variety of forms, including diaries of your own research, poster presentations, class tests and exams. Some modules include specialised research projects (group or individual) where you go out and do real linguistic research, while others let you tackle the hot debates of the discipline.

When studying English Language and Linguistics, we’ll train you in research methods in your final year and then you’ll do a supervised research project on a topic of your choice.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £15,400

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

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