English Language and Linguistics


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  • Develop your own projects and explore language that’s personally relevant to you. 
  • 100% of English Language and Linguistic students were satisfied with their course overall (NSS 2020)
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  • Choose to study TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and language modules.


If you are intrigued by how meaning is communicated through language, or want to gain a deeper understanding of linguistic structure, this course is perfect for you.

On this degree, you will learn how language works, how sounds combine to form words, how words 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. 

Linguists are concerned with the formal structure of language and with its functions in society. From the sounds children make, to the way people speak to the elderly; from media spin, to everyday conversations, the language around us is influenced by history and geography. It is shaped, and is shaped by, the society we live in and the power structures within it.  

To really understand these implications, this course takes a lively hands-on approach; we pay attention to 'real language'. 

We specialise in both theoretical and socio-linguistics. You’ll learn about formal and functional aspects of language study, providing grounding in structural analysis (grammar, syntax etc.); however, what makes our approach so distinctive is the emphasis we place on the sociolinguistic functions of language. 

You will examine the different types of language use in contemporary British media such as press, television and radio, and cover topics such as advertising discourse and phone-in talk, as well as news reporting and political interviews.  

You’ll also have opportunities to apply your knowledge of English language and language learning to critically evaluate techniques in teaching different aspects of English, and looking at the practical problem of lesson design. 

Throughout the degree, you will have access to the state-of-the-art facilities in our industry-leading digital media centre, located in the heart of our parkland campus in London.

Year one 

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of language structures and basic analytic skills and terminology and learn about well-established frameworks for linguistic analysis.  
  • Gain knowledge of language structure, the terminology with which to discuss language and linguistic data.  
  • Study modules such as Sounds of English, Language, Society and Power, and Variety and Change in Language. 

Year two 

  • Explore how language varies according to social and regional factors, examining topics such as attitudes to language, the relation of language to class, regional, gender and ethnic identity, and the influences of peer groups on how languages are used and why we find variation.  
  • Learn about discourse and conversation analysis, phonetics and phonology, and look at how language is used in the media. 

Year three 

  • Study the biological foundations of language and the contributions of psychology and linguistic theory in modelling processes in the production and comprehension of written and spoken language.  
  • Focus on a wide range of contemporary topics, such as examining the ways in which language may be considered to alienate and oppress women, looking at topics such as sexist vocabulary and naming practices.  
  • Choose modules such as Language Disorders and the Intercultural Communication.

Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Single Honours

Compulsory Modules
Structure of English
Language, Society and Power
Meaning in Context
Sounds of English

Optional Modules
Variety and Change in Language
Introduction to Digital Media

Combined Honours

Compulsory modules
Structure of English
Meaning in Context
Sounds of English

Year 2

Optional Modules
Word Structure and Beyond
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Corpus Linguistics
Discourse and Pragmatics
The Sociolinguistics of Gender
Sounds of the World
Media Language
Career Preparation

Year 3

Optional Modules
Language Acquisition
Philosophy of Language
The Linguistics of Sign Language
Language Disorders
Language and the Law
Topics in Linguistics
Intercultural Communication
Linguistics Investigation
Work Placement



Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You could become a teacher (after completing a PGCE), professional writer, researcher or manager, or complete further study to become a speech and language therapist. The course will give you a head-start in language teaching or journalism. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.  


This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement between years 2 & 3 of the course. A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience and skills within an industry or sector of choice.

In your first two years of study you will learn about industry needs and skills required to be successful in applying for a placement through a series of workshops and curriculum based sessions. You will be encouraged to develop your Personal Development Plan and CV and will be provided with access to the University's support services including Placements, Careers and Academic Guidance.

Please note, the Placements team will offer support and guidance in searching for and applying to placements, however a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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