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BA (Hons) Linguistics and Mathematics

Structure and patterns in language and numbers

Year of entry: 2018
Show year of entry: 2019

UCAS code


Institution code



3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB including A in Mathematics (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

Linguistics is the science of language, so it goes hand-in-hand with mathematics.

Both subjects investigate patterns and structure, approaching study in a rigorous and systematic manner.

The maths and linguistics degree is unique in the UK, and our graduates develop a unique way of viewing the world — through a lens that breaks down complexities within our societies and science alike.


Six months after graduation 92 per cent of University of York Maths graduates are employed or in further study. Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 (HESA) (full-time uk students).

Taught by experts

Both departments feature research-led teaching, ensuring you're taught by specialists in their research area.

Course content

Our mathematics and linguistics degree lecturers are not only engaged in their teaching, but also active in international and interdisciplinary research. Details of all modules can be found on the appropriate department pages.

Study abroad

There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some opportunities related to this course:

Year 1

Since linguistics can be new to you, your first year will establish a base for you to work on for the remainder of the degree.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

  • Mathematical Skills II
  • Pure Mathematics Option I
  • Linear Algebra
  • Vector Calculus
  • Introduction to Language Acquisition: How children learn language instinctively and theories of how this happens.
  • Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology: Further analysis of the acoustics and physiology of speech, and development of the theory of the system of sounds that each language has.
    Intermediate Syntax: Building on the beginner modules to create sentence frameworks.

You'll also choose optional modules from the Mathematics department. If you don't take both intermediate modules in Syntax and Phonetics and Phonology, you may choose an optional Linguistics module.

You may replace one of your optional modules with one from another department at the University.

Year 3

You'll tailor your final year with optional modules from both departments. This can include the Maths Final-Year Project if you choose.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • use the language of mathematics to identify problems that can be analysed or resolved by standard mathematical techniques.
  • recognise when an unfamiliar problem is open to mathematical investigation, and be able to adapt and/or synthesise a range of mathematical approaches to investigate the problem 
  • analyse intricate, complex and unfamiliar linguistic phenomena by discerning underlying patterns.
  • select and deploy appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools in order to gather data in a range of contexts. 
  • develop holistic and multifaceted perspectives and solutions - based on linguistic data - on a range of issues in the cognitive and social sciences. 
  • use logical reasoning as a basis for the critical analysis of ideas or statements which have a mathematical or linguistic context, and be able to justify the principles they choose for such a critique. 
  • communicate complex linguistic and mathematical ideas clearly in writing, at a level appropriate for the intended audience, and also be able to present an effective summary of these ideas.

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £16,620

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Linguistics modules present core content in the classroom, followed by individual or small-group reflection. Modes of teaching vary with degree progression, from large lectures to small, interactive classrooms.

Lectures and seminars are the main mode of teaching for maths modules. We support these with small group tutorials in the first year, and regular assessments throughout the degree.

  • All modules have an associated online virtual learning environment.
  • Some linguistics modules have lab-based seminars for developing skills in linguistic analysis software.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars276 hours216 hours180 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science and the Department of Mathematics on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be nearby on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Linguistics modules are mostly assessed through examination and coursework. This can range from short exercises to long-form essays to group projects.

Most of your maths assessments will be through examinations. Your third year can include an optional final project of your choice.

  • Formative assessments serve as practice for final assessments.
  • Your optional final-year Mathematics project topic is up to you. Don't be afraid to be creative.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams80%75%45%
Practical exams0%3%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

Because your mathematics and linguistics degree pulls from various fields, you'll have a broad range of professions from which to choose. 

Career opportunities

  • Marketing and communications
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting and journalism
  • Librarianship
  • Computing and IT
  • Engineering
  • Law

Transferable skills

  • Project management
  • Effective communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAB in three A levels, with an A in Mathematics.

We accept all A level subjects for admissions purposes, with the exceptions of General Studies and Modern Foreign Languages taken by native speakers of the language.

Cambridge Pre-U Pass with D3, D3, M2 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics.
European Baccalaureate 80 per cent average overall, including 85 per cent in Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall, including HL6 in Mathematics.
Irish leaving Certificate AAAABB, including A1 in Mathematics.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB, including A in Mathematics.

English language

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


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All applications must be made through UCAS. Accepted applicants will be invited to visit between November and April, to meet our current students and staff.

Next steps

Contact us

Get in touch if you have any questions

Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork

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Department of Language and Linguistic Science, Department of Mathematics

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