Student satisfaction of 94% on linguistics programmes in the National Student Survey 2013

Ranked 2nd in the UK for world-leading linguistics research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework

An emphasis on communication and confidence in our language programmes

Our graduates in language and linguistics have highly sought-after skills

Department of Language and Linguistic Science

Why study at York?

Department news

French at York in national Top 10

Friday 25 September 2015

Strong York presence at ICPhS 2015

Tuesday 22 September 2015

UKLVC and PARLAY conferences at York

Thursday 17 September 2015



Infants' processing of linguistic and speaker-specific characteristics

Departmental Colloquium - Alejandrina Cristia (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


Tertulia de Lectura y Cine

A monthly Spanish social event to talk about social, historical and political aspects of the Spanish speaking world through literature and film

QS University Rankings 

UK top 10 and World top 100

Undergraduate study

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate funding

You may be eligible to apply for funding for postgraduate study with us.


Languages for All

Learn a language and expand your horizons and prospects!


At York we are driven by an interest in what language is, in every sense. 

  • Our teaching and research has been consistently highly-rated over a number of years. 
  • We are one of the few departments in the UK to combine the study of modern languages with linguistic study, and our BA degrees offer a variety of combinations of languages and linguistics.
  • Our degrees equip our students with a variety of practical and analytical skills which have significant value in the modern world.

Our university encourages research-led teaching. We offer a wide range of courses guiding you into linguistic research in the final year BA modules and MA modules.

Professor Peter Sells
Head of Department