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Our BA English Language and Linguistic degree was rated as excellent for the quality of its teaching, and its practical approach to linguistics, by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. 

If you’re intrigued by how meaning is communicated through language, or 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. 

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 contains hints as to its own development and its role in creating the society we live in.  

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. 

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 Accents and Dialects, Language and Society, and Language and Power. 

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 Sign Language or the Philosophy of Language. 

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

Year 1

Compulsory Modules
Introduction to Linguistics
Meaning in Language

Required Modules
Language and Society
Language and Power

Optional Modules
Language Change
Accents and Dialects

Year 2

Core Modules (single honours students choose two of these)
English in its Social Context
Discourse and Conversion Analysis
Words and Sentences 

Optional Modules
Practice in Language Teaching
Language Teaching Methodology
Language and Gender
Language in the Media
Bilingual Language Use
Career Preparation

Year 3

Core Modules (single honours students choose two of these)
English in its Social Context
Discourse and Conversion Analysis
Words and Sentences

Optional Modules
Language Acquisition
Second Language Acquisition
Language Issues in Multilingual Settings
Philosophy of Language
Language Disorders
Sexist Language
The Linguistics of Sign Language
Forensic Linguistics


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.  


*What is validation and periodic review?

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We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

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