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.
Year 1 Foundations of Language Typology I: Languages of the World Phonetics I: Sounds of English Phonology I: Introduction to Sound Systems Syntax I: The Structure of English Thinking Linguistics: Approaches to Writing and Analysis Sociolinguistics: English in Use
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.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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English language requirements
All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course. Please refer to the website below for details on our English Language requirements by course and acceptable alternative qualifications. You will also find important information regarding UKVI's English requirements if you are applying as an international student who will require Tier 4 immigration permission to enter the UK.
Queen Mary University of London: English Language Requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.