Linguistics (Placement Year) at Lancaster University - UCAS

Course summary

Why Linguistics? Language is at the heart of human behaviour, human societies and human creativity. Understanding how language works is therefore key to unlocking what it means to be human. In this fascinating subject you will explore fundamental questions such as:

  • Where does language come from and what is it made of?
  • How is language represented in the mind/brain and how is it related to culture and society?
  • How do the world’s languages vary and how does the language you speak shape your experiences?
  • How is language learned and how can it be impaired?
  • How can technology be harnessed to study patterns in the way language is used?
Our extensive range of optional modules also gives you the chance to look at how language functions across a broad range of contexts, including business, law, politics, health and literature. You can also explore how language works in non-human systems such as speech technologies and what is required to develop these. Linguistics is not just a fascinating area of study, you will gain a skillset that opens doors to a range of exciting and rewarding careers. Transferable skills include a capacity for critical thinking, an ability to gather, organise and analyse large quantities of data, and an aptitude for developing new and innovative ideas. You’ll have the chance to develop specialist skills including in the lexical and grammatical analysis of real and constructed languages, the acoustic analysis of speech, and computer programming for language technologies. Why Lancaster?
  • Explore a wealth of language-related topics – You can focus on core areas of linguistic theory like phonetics, phonology, grammar and pragmatics as well as explore new and traditional areas of applied linguistics, including forensic linguistics, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.
  • Learn from the experts – Our staff are world leaders in their respective fields but they are also all involved in teaching to bring you the latest topics and developments in linguistics. Our staff are famous for their work in corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, stylistics, discourse analysis and speech science.
  • Benefit from our world-leading facilities: As a student at Lancaster, you will gain hands-on experience of research in linguistics through our cutting-edge labs which are furnished with the very latest equipment. These include a phonetics lab, an eye-tracking lab, a perception and learning lab, and an EEG lab.
  • Experience the world: Whether it be through our Schools Volunteering module, our Work Placement schemes or our Study Abroad options, our degree programme offers you the chance to gain valuable experiences which will stay with you for life.
  • A supportive environment: Our friendly staff are here to support you throughout your studies.
Your Placement Year You'll spend your third year in a paid, graduate-level position, where you’ll work for between nine and twelve months in the type of role that you might be considering for after you graduate. Our Careers and Placements Team will help you to secure a suitable placement with expert advice and resources, such as creating an effective CV, and tips for applications and interviews. You will still be a Lancaster University student during your placement and we’ll keep in touch to check how you are getting on. The university will use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills. If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year.

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  • Year 1

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
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Linguistics (Placement Year) at Lancaster University - UCAS