3 years full-time
Philosophy and Linguistics come together to create a fascinating and challenging degree which will provide you with a deeper understanding of what language is, while also enabling you to form carefully considered opinions, and think seriously and independently about major philosophical questions.
You will immerse yourself in the study of language examining syntax, phonetics, phonology and semantics. This will culminate in the realisation of how we express ourselves through language - an important aspect of what makes us human, and a key to examining your own nature and that of the world around you.
I found the programme to be particularly inspiring because of the amount of independent thought that was encouraged by my tutors in both subjects. They consistently had high expectations of the students and pushed us to be creative and come up with original solutions to the issues we were studying.Paul, 2012 graduate
Taught by world-leading experts in both Philosophy and Linguistics, you have a wide range of options to choose from, reflecting the expertise of two diverse departments. We offer modules in all the central areas of Philosophy and Linguistics and you can tailor your degree to reflect your own areas of interest.
In first year we will give you a firm grounding in Philosophy by teaching you how to study, think and write philosophically and develop your skills in reasoning and argument. By introducing you to some of the central areas of Philosophy we will challenge you to form your own opinions about the bigger questions. You will also be introduced to the core areas of Linguistics though modules devoted to syntax, semantics, and phonetics and phonology, gaining an appreciation of the nuances of language and the role it plays in human life.
Our current first year modules include:
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:
In the second year you'll choose from:
These will help you to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills that you'll use in more specialised investigations in your third year.
In Linguistics current modules include:
In the third year you can specialise further, choosing from a wide range of modules based on our latest research and the expertise of our staff, enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests.
Course structure may change from year to year; our current students choose from:
Two 20-credit and two 10-credit Philosophy modules (one of which can be replaced with an elective in another department), plus 60 credits in Linguistics;
- OR replace 20 credits in Linguistics with a further Philosophy module, an elective or a language course.
Current choices in Philosophy include:
Current choices in Linguistics include:
There are a number of Study Abroad options for Philosophy/Linguistics students - in Europe, North America and further afield. Some of the many opportunities are described here:
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, 96 percent of the Department of Philosophy's research was judged of 'international' quality, and two thirds of it 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'.
Language and Linguistic Science ranked 2nd in the UK for world-leading linguistics research in the same review.
Studying Philosophy is different from many other degrees; you need to be an active participant in your own learning, asking questions and evaluating your own thoughts, beliefs and responses. Linguistics is a new subject for everyone, so you will learn the tools of linguistic study through lectures,seminars and practicals, accompanied by set work to put your new skills into practice.
You will take part in discussions with your peers and academic staff and develop your knowledge and skills through:
Every member of staff has a 'Feedback and Advice Time' every week, and students are actively encouraged to use this opportunity for one-to-one contact and informal discussion.
You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations.
We give feedback on your ideas in class, and provide written feedback on all your submitted work.
In balancing theoretical creativity with empirical analysis the course has helped me develop skills in these two aspects that are so essential not only to the fields of Linguistics and Philosophy but to many other disciplines both within and beyond academia.Paul, 2012 graduate
Philosophy and Linguistics develops skills that are in great demand by employers. As a graduate, you will have many options when it comes to choosing a career path.
Previous BA Philosophy and Linguistics graduates have gone on to a range of careers including:
Studying Philosophy and Linguistics develops a range of transferable skills highly sought after by employers including:
Some of our graduates go on to further academic study or professional training in areas including law and journalism. After additional postgraduate training graduates with a passion for linguistics have the option to enter careers in:
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Decisions are usually made on the basis of the UCAS form, although in some cases we may invite you to interview.
A level: AAB or equivalent (A*BB, A*AC)
We will accept General Studies or Critical Thinking, but not both.
Scottish Highers: AAAAB at Higher level
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD
Cambridge Pre-U: D3 D3 M2
Access to HE Diploma: 30 credits at Distinction and 9 at Merit or higher
Please enquire about other UK qualifications.
International Baccalaureate: 35 points
Please enquire about other international qualifications.
IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
Pearson PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): grade A
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade C
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first language): grade C