Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses

English Language and Linguistics

Why study at Roehampton

  • Learn with experts in a personalised and friendly small class environment.
  • Develop your own projects and explore language that is personally relevant to you.
  • You will have the opportunity to study TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and language modules.
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015).
  • Most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

English Language and Linguistics was rated as excellent for the quality of its teaching and for its practical approach to linguistics by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

If you are intrigued by how meaning is communicated through language or you want to gain a deeper understanding of linguistic structure, this course is perfect for you. You will learn how language works, how sounds combine to form words, and words to form sentences, and how people use language in various contexts and for different purposes. From the spoken to the written, from the internet to politics, you will explore language in all its shapes and sizes.

More details

From the sounds children make to the way people speak to the elderly; from media spin to everyday conversations, linguistics examines the structure and use of language. This programme takes a lively hands-on approach and, at every stage, focuses on the language that is relevant to you and to modern-day society. We specialise both in theoretical linguistics and in sociolinguistics, the inter-relationship between language and society. We pay attention to "real language".

Year-by-year summary

First year

Linguistic tools and techniques are taught through using "real-world" examples. You will gain a thorough introduction to the field. Example modules in recent years have included Introduction to Linguistics (looking at the sounds and structure of language); Language, Society and Power (introducing a wide range of sociolinguistic issues); and Meaning in Language (an introduction to word meaning).

Second and third years

In your second and third years, core modules give you broad and detailed knowledge of significant areas of linguistic theory, training you in language analysis and in critical valuation of a range of related theories. Our core modules have recently included Discourse and Conversation Analysis, English in its Social Context, and Phonetics and Phonology. Optional module focus on specialised areas of language study and build on the theories and practical skills acquired in core modules. The options are largely research-led, in that the lecturer will be an active researcher in the area covered. This will provide you with a clear understanding of what is involved in cutting-edge linguistics as well as training you to conduct your own research.

Typical timetable

A full-time student should expect to have 12 to 16 contact hours a week. In addition, students are expected to spend time preparing for seminars by reading assigned material and exploring their own areas of interest.

Teaching methods

  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Essays
  • Coursework
  • Projects
  • In-class tests
  • Oral presentation
  • Dissertation

Most of our assessment is through written assignments and presentations, though some in class tests may be given. We use both traditional essays and "hands-on" assessment, the latter involving students collecting their own data and analysing it or conducting their own experiments.

Example modules

  • Linguistics of Sign Language
  • Language Issues in Multilingual Settings
  • Language Disorders

Career options

Graduates can become teachers (after completing a PGCE), professional writers, researchers or managers, or complete further study to become speech and language therapists. The course will give you a head-start in language teaching or journalism.

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Media, Culture and Language »


3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time) years

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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View Key Information Set »


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Journalism [PQ5J] »

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Further information

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