De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Language and Media

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Course summary

English is a global language that’s rich in history. In this course you will immerse yourself in the form, culture and analysis of the English language and learn to make the connections between what you study at university and what takes place in the world beyond the classroom. Combining your studies with another related subject will broaden your outlook and skillset and open up even more career opportunities. We live in a modern world governed and connected by technology. So alongside understanding the history of English and how it’s become an international language, we believe you should study the nature of the 'wired' environment and how it influences who you are. As part of our approach to digital humanities, you will have the opportunity to see how communication and language operate on web-based platforms, and how the application of digital tools and methods can deepen the knowledge of your chosen subject area.  Your first year will introduce you to the study of language in general, how sounds become words, and how words are put together to create meaning. You will develop your ability to analyse and deconstruct language and, through your study, you will also learn how to put it together in such a way to create clear, effective and influential communication.  Later in the programme we offer a module in teaching English, a final-year work placement module and the opportunity to study material such as propaganda and interrogation, pragmatics (looking at the gap between what we say and what we mean), psycholinguistics and the political, social, and cultural roles of language. At DMU, you can study English Language and Journalism or Media as a joint honours course. You will choose 50 per cent of your options from English Language and 50 per cent from either Journalism or Media. Key Features:

  • With a wide range of highly specialised modules, you can study and the theories and practice of English language in detail and tailor your learning to your specific interests and career ambitions. Modules you can choose from include Sociolinguistics, English Language in UK Schools, Textual Studies Using Computers and Language, Mind and Culture.
  • Broaden your knowledge across different subject areas and increase your career opportunities by combining English Language studies with either Journalism or Media as part of this joint honours course.
  • Develop specialist skills and become an excellent communicator by studying the impact language can have in various contexts and the many different ways language is used.
  • Visiting lecturers have included world-renowned expert of forensic linguistics Dr John Olsson, while organised trips have seen students visit professional events such as the London Language Show.
  • Gain an even wider understanding of the English language through our international experience programme DMU Global. Students have previously explored ekphrastic writing and themes of oppression in Berlin and visited media organisation TED’s headquarters and key literary locations in New York.
  • Gain additional skills and experience of the workplace by putting your research, reasoning and communication skills into practice on a placement or extracurricular internship during your degree.

Course details


"First year • Words in Action: an introduction to Grammar and Linguistics • Evolving Language: an Introduction to the Histories of Languages Second year • Sociolinguistics • Grammar: Analysing linguistic structure • Semantics: Analysing linguistic meaning • Phonetics and Phonology • Research Methods for Linguists • Language in Context • English Language in UK Schools • Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Third year • English Language Dissertation • English Language in the Workplace (Placement Module) • Language Acquisition • Language, Mind and Culture • Powerful Language: An Introduction To Rhetoric • Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control • Corpus Linguistics • Textual Studies using Computers Joint honours degree students will choose to study available modules from 50% of one subject and 50% of another. Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current"

Assessment method

"Overview: You will be taught by staff with a wide range of knowledge and experience in English literature and linguistics (theoretical and historical), modern foreign languages, English as a foreign language, history, international relations and American studies. Members of the team are engaged in a wide range of research projects which feeds directly into our teaching. English Language is offered as a Joint Honours degree with Media and Journalism because these subjects are all concerned with communication and the skilful, versatile use of language, both spoken and written.Your English Language studies will be of direct benefit to your other subject, and vice versa. These are designed to be true joint degrees, where the two subjects are interrelated and complement each other. In the final year you have the opportunity to do a work placement module. Contact hours: You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (e.g. presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research."

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For students registering in the 2022/23 academic year, the fees for this programme are yet to be confirmed. Please note that fees are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fees for Home students would be based upon a review of our provision and in line with the fee cap set by the government. For EU and Overseas students such reviews will be based on a market assessment and communicated to students at least 6-months before any programme commencing. Please visit the tuition fees pages of our website for further information:
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