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The expertise of the Department of Language and Linguistic Science spans the arts and sciences. We offer an exciting range of modules combining modern foreign languages, English language, and linguistics.

Undergraduate students

Academic requirements

We recommend most students apply for Year 1 modules only. If you want to apply to Year 2 or Year 3 modules you should first check that you meet their prerequisites.

After you arrive at York, you will discuss and finalise your module choices with your supervisor. Short versions of year-long modules sometimes run in the Autumn Term. You can discuss these options then.

Please include a personal statement, written in English, of approximately 500 words. This should give details of:

  • your background in Linguistics at university, school and elsewhere
  • the Linguistics modules/classes you have taken at your home university and the subject areas covered in those modules/classes
  • your main areas of academic interest.

This statement will help us judge whether you meet our module requirements, and guide you towards alternative options where appropriate.

Foreign languages

If you want to study a foreign language, we will assess your fluency and cultural understanding when you arrive in York. You can only take foreign language modules if you are at an appropriate level.

To study third year language modules, you must have spent a year abroad in a country where that language is spoken.

Foreign language modules are not available to native speakers of that language.

If you want to study a foreign language at a lower level, you can take Languages for All modules for credit.

Undergraduate English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component. For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

Choosing your modules

Please see the list of modules below. This list is indicative of the type of module which may be available during your study period. Please note that not all modules are available to exchange and visiting students. Module choice and registration will take place during the first supervisory meeting. Learning agreements (if applicable) cannot be signed until this meeting.

Postgraduate students

Academic requirements

You should hold an undergraduate degree in Linguistics or a related subject.

Please include a personal statement, written in English, of approximately 500 words. This should give details of:

  • your background in Linguistics at university, school and elsewhere
  • the Linguistics modules/classes you have taken at your home university and the subject areas covered in those modules/classes
  • your main areas of academic interest.

This statement will help us judge whether you meet our module requirements, and guide you towards alternative options where appropriate.

Our courses will give you an idea of the modules we run:

Postgraduate English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

Teaching schedule

You can study in our department for the following periods only:

  • Full academic year
  • Autumn Term only
  • Spring/Summer(combined)

Examination and assessment

Assessment is mainly by examination during the Common Examination Periods in January and the Summer Term. There are a number of modules with assignments submitted via the VLE. Please check the module listing for information on different types of assessment in our modules.

Start your application

Contact us

Nadine Saupe
International Officer and undergraduate contact
nadine.saupe@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate contact
linguistics-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk

Undergraduate and postgraduate modules

Contact us

Nadine Saupe
International Officer and undergraduate contact
nadine.saupe@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate contact
linguistics-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk