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About the Department

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.
  • 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.

Professor Monika S. Schmid
Head of Department

Our research

More information on recent and ongoing projects.

1st in the UK

We’re ranked 1st in the UK for the quality of our research - according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021). Also, 100% of our research impact is rated 4* - REF’s highest rating.

Our people

Find out more about our staff and students.


The Department of Language and Linguistic Science is =81st in the world for linguistics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2023.