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English Language and Linguistics

Entry Year: 2022

2 study options

English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)


Key information

BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2022
UCAS code
Institution code
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
Home fees
Overseas fees
Funding information
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English Language and Linguistics with Year Abroad BA (Hons)


Key information

BA (Hons)
4 years
September 2022
UCAS code
Institution code
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
Home fees
Overseas fees
Funding information
Paying your fees


Study in depth how the English language works, how it’s used and how it changes.

Our BA in English Language and Linguistics will develop your analytical skills and give you a deep knowledge of language, alongside the opportunity to undertake hands-on work collecting and analysing data. You’ll come away with a firm understanding of how modern English is structured, how we use it, and the ways in which it changes, varies and evolves to suit our needs.

The programme explores diverse aspects of English linguistics – from youth slang and dialects in our multicultural and multilingual cities, to the English used in media and politics. It considers how new technologies are shaping English and whether the spread of English in the world is changing, or even killing, other languages.

You’ll also master qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methods, and put them into practice for your final year dissertation.


You can complete your English Language and Linguistics degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

  • Academic and Professional Writing
  • English in Use
  • Foundations of Linguistics
  • Introduction to English Syntax
  • Introduction to Phonology
  • Language in the UK
  • Languages of the World
  • Sounds of English

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2


  • Research Methods in Linguistics

Choose up to seven from

  • Applying Linguistics in the Real World
  • Aspects of Meaning
  • Describing Prosody
  • English Around the World
  • Explaining Grammatical Structure
  • History of English
  • Interaction and Discourse
  • Language and Mind
  • Language and the Media
  • Linguistic Typology and Grammatical Theory
  • Sociolinguistic Variation and Change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3


  • Linguistics Research Project

Choose up to six from

  • Beyond Language
  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • Communication Disorders
  • Constructed Languages
  • Formal Semantics
  • Health Communication
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Sex, Gender, and Language
  • Structures of Spoken English
  • Syntactic Theory
  • Unfamiliar Languages

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our English Language and Linguistics BA with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are. 

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My degree offered me the opportunity to study a wide range of modules within the school, which has helped me to prepare for life after my graduation.

Nimi Patel, English Language and Linguistics (2017)


Teaching and learning

You'll receive approximately eight to 10 hours of teaching per week, comprising lectures, seminars and workshops.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further two to three hours of independent study.


Assessment typically includes a combination of research diaries, poster presentations, class tests and exams. In your final year, you’ll carry out a research project based on real-world data and applying cutting-edge theory, which will bring together everything you have learned.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Queen Mary library
  • a phonetics laboratory, including a soundproof recording studio
  • Ling Lunch talks
  • Departmental guest speaker seminars, which allow you to hear from Queen Mary academics, researchers and experts from institutions in Europe and North America.

Learn another language

If you’re interested in learning another language, you can sign up for a course at Queen Mary’s Language Centre, where you can choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish.


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


Graduates from the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film go on to work in a wide variety of roles. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering sectors such as journalism, teaching and the creative arts, while others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as marketing and public relations. Some go on to further study, for instance choosing the School’s highly regarded MA in Linguistics.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • BBC London
  • Cabinet Office
  • Embassy Language School
  • Progressive Digital Media
  • RandomStorm
  • Teach First.

Career support

You’ll have access to bespoke careers support every step of your degree, including one-to-one academic support. The Linguistics Department runs regular career workshops to help you plan your next step.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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English Language and Linguistics - BA (Hons)

English Language and Linguistics with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

About the Schools

School of Languages Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and vibrant. Our students produce podcasts and short films, put on plays and liaise with writers and journalists.

We’re visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and have strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

School of English and Drama

We provide a first-class learning environment - the Departments of Drama and English are in the top 35 in the world (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018). And you’ll learn from leading experts: Drama is ranked first and English fifth in the UK for research quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our degrees make full use of the literary and cultural riches of London, with trips to venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Library.


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