Would you love to become a highly proficient linguist while at the same time developing an understanding of how language works? As the science of language, linguistics studies everything to do with language, including how language is structured, how it develops in children, the ways in which it reflects society and culture, how it defines individuals and groups and how it changes over time. Our BA Linguistics and Language offers you the opportunity to learn about the central ideas and concerns of contemporary linguistics at one of the world’s top research-intensive universities. On this linguistics degree, you will also have the opportunity to reach near-native standard in one language - French, German, Italian or Spanish - or upper-intermediate or advanced level in Japanese, depending on your level of entry, while practising skills such as translating, summary writing and delivering written and oral presentations. You can also choose to study the cultures associated with French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, and we also offer a range of cross-cultural modules which will allow you to explore specific themes across a variety of language-speaking areas. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. On the International Experience route, you will normally spend your third year at a partner institution to allow you to develop your language skills and your knowledge of the culture.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.
Assessment varies and includes coursework, written examinations, oral examinations and listening comprehension.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|