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Entry Year: 2022

2 study options

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.
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Overseas fees
Funding information
Paying your fees

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


Are you interested in the structure, history and evolution of the human language?

Our BA in Linguistics will give you a strong understanding of the essential building blocks of the human language: structure (syntax), sound (phonetics and phonology) and meaning (semantics), along with a grounding in sociolinguistics (for example, differences between region, class, gender) and the variations of language.

You’re free to choose from a variety of modules in your second year, such as psycholinguistics, language acquisition and the acoustic analysis of speech. You’ll develop the practical skill of transcribing languages using the International Phonetic Alphabet, and master qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methods to prepare you for your final year dissertation.

You’ll undertake original data analysis for your dissertation, focusing on an area of linguistics that interests you most: you could examine bilingual brain behaviour, investigate communication disorders and speech therapy, or work with a native speaker of an endangered language.


You can complete your 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
  • Languages of the World
  • Sounds of English

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2


  • Aspects of Meaning
  • Research Methods in Linguistics

Choose at least two from

  • Acoustic Analysis of Speech
  • Explaining Grammatical Structure
  • Explaining Phonological Structure
  • Semantics of African American Speech
  • Sociolinguistic Variation and Change
  • Typology and Grammatical Theory

You will be expected to complete a sequence of modules in at least two core areas such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics or typology.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3


  • Dissertation project

Choose up to five 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

You may also be able to choose modules in Computer Science, Psychology, English Literature and Comparative Literature.

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 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.


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 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.

Unistats data for these courses

Linguistics - BA (Hons)

Linguistics with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

About the School

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.

This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.

Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging 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. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.


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