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Overview The art and science of language

UCAS code


Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

Confirmation, Adjustment and Clearing 2016

Studying Linguistics and English together allows you to study both the art and science of language. Studying English will give you new ways of thinking about the world, and new possibilities of expression. Studying linguistics will let you look through the window of language into the human mind, and to understand what you see through it.

Course content What you’ll study


You'll cover a vast range of topics on English and foreign languages and literatures. Our international outlook takes account of global contexts and we offer an innovative curriculum.

Year 1

You'll equally split your time between English and Linguistics this year. We'll introduce you to several modules focusing on different sources and critical approaches.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

This is the first year that you'll be able to focus your time on one subject or the other. Choose and combine several courses from:

Year 3

This year you can either choose to focus more on one subject than the other, or to split your time equally between English and Linguistics. Choose further English Period modules, Special Modules, and Linguistics Special subjects.

You'll also write a dissertation bridging English and Linguistics. 

You may also continue a foreign literature module this year.

Study abroad

There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some of the many opportunities you'll find here at the University:

Both departments are part of our Faculty of Arts and Humanities and ranked in the top 25 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.  

The Department of English and Related Literature is second overall in the UK for research performance and the Department for Language and Linguistics is second overall in the UK for their proportion of 4* research activity. (REF 2014)

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

We emphasize small-group teaching, which means you'll mainly be taught in seminars of 12-15 people. You'll also take part in workshops, attend lectures, and consult staff on a one-to-one basis. You can expect around eight hours of contact time a week – and sometimes more.

  • Our cutting-edge research informs all our teaching activities
  • Our staff are world experts, but are friendly and accessible -- they all have two open office hours a week
  • We organize many guest lectures and readings from well-known literary figures.


Your main mode of assessment will be written essays and closed exams. Written assessments will range from short exercises to more detailed discussions on a topic of your choice.

  • Some modules include group presentations.
  • You have the option of writing a dissertation of about 7,000-8,000 words your final year
  • You’ll receive a report from your course tutor for every module, indicating your level of performance, and detailed written feedback on every essay you write.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

Studying these two subjects together will broaden your range of skills and your job prospects. Many will go on to related fields, but the skills you'll gain here are highly valued by a range of employers.

Career opportunities

  • Civil Service
  • Creative industries
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Librarianship
  • Media/Adverstising
  • Public sector management
  • Postgraduate study
  • Teaching

Transferable skills

  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Communication skills, both written and oral
  • Teamwork skills
  • Data interpretation

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS.

Normally, we'll only interview mature candidates and those with special circumstances and/or qualifications. Interviews will usually be a half-hour conversation about your literary interests. We’ll also ask you to bring along some of your recent essays.

A-levels and GCSEs

  • AAB, including A in English.
  • We'll ask for a grade in English Literature, or English Language and Literature.
  • We won't accept General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

  • AAAAB at Higher level.
  • AB at Advanced Higher level, including an A in English.

D3, D3, M2, including D3 in English.

Access to HE

  • 30 credits from units awarded Distinction.
  • 9 credits from units awarded Merit or higher.

International options

International Baccalaureate
35 points, with 6 in Higher level English.

Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAABB, including A1 in English.

European Baccalaureate
80 overall, with 85 in English.

English language

Our English language requirements for international applicants can be found on our Entry Requirements page.

Unistats for this course

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