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BA (Hons) English/Linguistics

The Art and Science of Language

2018/19 entry

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UCAS code

QQ31

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

UK/EU fees

Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed. See fees and funding.

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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A combined English and Linguistics course offers one of the most stimulating university degrees.

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. Studying English and Linguistics together allows you to study both the art and science of language.

Staff in both departments are world-renowned for their research, which covers every period of history, many major languages and most literary genres, and all areas of the world.

The Department of English and Related Literature is in the top 25 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, and the Department of Language and Linguistics is in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 top 100.

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Interdisciplinary teaching

You'll benefit from our interdisciplinary research and teaching with critical thinking and transferable skills.

Course content

You’ll cover a range of topics on English and foreign languages, linguistics, and literatures. Our innovative curriculum offers an international outlook that takes account of global contexts.
 
All combined course students take 120 credits each year, adding up to 360 credits across the course of your degree. In the first year, you will split your studies equally between the English and Linguistics components of your degree. In second and third year, it’s possible to vary the balance and devote more time to either English or Linguistics, depending on your own intellectual interests.

NB: This information reflects the current course content and structure, which may be revised from year to year.

Study abroad

We are proud of our international outlook. If you’re also interested in studying abroad, there are a number of options both in the English-speaking world and in Europe. 

Year 1

In the first year of your degree, we’ll introduce you to the undergraduate study of English and Linguistics. Our modules will give you the skills you need to start doing literary and linguistic research, and advice on how to combine the two disciplines.

As an English/Linguistics student you'll take the following three modules in English, which are worth 20 credits each. These modules are designed to lay the foundation of literary study for your whole degree.

  • Approaches to Literature I: Writing Modernity (Autumn) and Approaches to Literature II: Other Worlds (Spring) -Get a feel for the shape of literary history by studying works from the medieval, early modern, eighteenth-century and Romantic, and modern periods. 
  • Key Concepts: An Introduction to Genre, Theory, and Writing - A year-long foundation module that provides you with important critical and methodological contexts for the study of literature, as well as an introduction to rhetoric and writing. In addition, you will be introduced to strategies for developing essay-writing skills, engaging with criticism and critical theory, and revising work to improve its fluency and persuasiveness, as part of the English Department’s innovative Writing at York provision.

You will also take a further 60 credits in Linguistics:

  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (20 credits) familiarises you with the relationship between the sounds of speech as well as the abstract linguistic system that underlies them, and the basic structure of sound systems across languages.
  • Introduction to Syntax (20 credits) acquaints you with the analysis of the structure of sentences and phrases, and with the theoretical frameworks involved.

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  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics (20 credits) provides you with a foundation in the study of language variation and change, and an understanding of key aspects of the social functions and uses of language.
  • History of English I (20 Credits) provides you with an overview of the major historical developments in the history of English, important aspects of the older stages of the language (Old, Middle, Early Modern English), and the historical sources of some features of the modern language.

Academic integrity module

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

Year 2

In the second year of your degree, you’ll choose from a range of intermediate modules across the English and Linguistics departments.

English/Linguistics students take a minimum of 40 credits in each department in Year 2. For example, you may choose to take 40 credits in English and 80 credits in Linguistics (or vice versa) in order to make up your total of 120 credits for the year. You will choose from the same English options as our single subject students. These include our World Literature offerings, our Topic Modules, and Critical Practice, as well as our Intermediate Option Modules:

  • The Shock of the New: Medieval Literature
  • The Renaissance
  • Inventing Britain, 1700-1830
  • Victorians: British Literature, 1837-1901
  • Age of Extremes: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
  • American Literature: From the First World War to the End of Empire

In Linguistics, you will take Introduction to Language Acquisition, which will introduce you to issues surrounding language learning in both children and adults, as well as either Intermediate Syntax or Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology. In addition, you can choose modules such as Old English I, Structure of a Language: Modern Hebrew, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language, as well as more advanced modules in History of English or Sociolinguistics, building on your first-year studies.

Year 3

In the third year of your degree, you will take a minimum of two Advanced Option Modules in English, alongside a minimum of 40 credits in Linguistics, on varied topics such as:

  • English Corpus Linguistics
  • Language as Action
  • The Linguistics of Consumerism
  • Bilingualism
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Articulatory and Impressionistic Phonetics 
  • Language and Identity

Some of the Linguistics modules may require previous study in that area.

You also have the option of undertaking a year-long dissertation, one of the distinctive features of the English/Linguistics degree at York. This can either be an English Literature Dissertation or a Bridge Dissertation; the latter invites you to undertake a research project that brings the study of English and Linguistics together, and is supervised by a member of staff in each department. Each version of this advanced module offers you the chance to use all the research and writing skills you will have developed at York. 

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:

  • Read diverse texts closely and critically, interpreting them with reference to the period and tradition in which they were produced, synthesizing information from secondary sources where appropriate. 
  • Analyze the affective power of language and narrative, and their cultural and political impact, and use this awareness better to understand the world and influence others. 
  • Select and deploy qualitative and quantitative research methods acquired through the study of the nature, use, and acquisition of language. 
  • Propose creative and principled solutions to linguistic problems and contribute them effectively to interdisciplinary teams, forming a bridge between humanities and scientific disciplines. 
  • Appreciate, engage with, and synthesize arguments from a variety of external standpoints, and interrogate your own assumptions, developing your critical practice inthe light of self-reflection, peer review, and advice and feedback from others. 
  • Identify and formulate novel questions which advance critical debate within a range of disciplines, and approach them both individually and in teams, using advanced written and oral skills. 
  • Show sensitivity and perceptiveness concerning aspects of social, cultural, and political realities where language plays an important role and be able to highlight the relevance of literature- and linguistics-related issues in a globalized and interconnected world.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 (2017/18)

Fees for 2018/19 are subject to increase in line with government policy. Updated fees information will be published as soon as possible after the government announcement.
£16,620

Additional costs

You'll need copies of the texts set for each module. Where possible, the Department works to arrange digital copies via the University Library. Where this is not practical, you'll be instructed in advance of the start of each term about the texts and editions you'll need to purchase (whether new or second-hand).

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.

Funding

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

Home/EU students

International students

The Department of English and Related Literature offers an Annual Overseas Bursary of £1,000. 

Living costs

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

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

In English, you’ll learn through a programme of seminars, lectures, workshops, and one-to-one consultations. We emphasize small-group teaching, which means you’ll mainly be taught in seminars.

In Linguistics, you’ll learn through a mix of seminars, lectures, practicals, and labs, as well as through independent study. Class sizes decrease as you advance through the degree. Lectures are accompanied by small-group teaching in seminars and practicals.

York’s English and Linguistics degree is renowned for its flexible and innovative approach.

  • You can typically expect eight to ten contact hours per week – and sometimes more. There are also numerous opportunities for informal contact.
  • Our cutting-edge research informs all our teaching activities.
  • Our friendly, approachable, and accessible staff are world-leading experts in their fields. They are each available to meet individually with you during weekly open office hours – two in English and at least one in Linguistics.
  • We organize many guest lectures and readings by well-known critics, linguists, and writers.
  • The English Department’s unique writing provision, designed and taught by specialist tutors, forms a practical spine for the degree, preparing you to communicate clearly and confidently on a rich variety of topics and to any audience.

How you'll spend your time

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars204 hours
(17%)
144 hours
(12%)
144 hours
(12%)
Independent study996 hours
(83%)
1056 hours
(88%)
1056 hours
(88%)

Independent study 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 English and Related Literature and the Department of Language and Linguistics on Campus West.

Your contact hours will be divided between various locations around Campus West, including Vanbrugh College, Derwent College, and the Spring Lane Building.

 

Course location

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

The Department of English and Related Literature employs a variety of assessment methods, including group presentations and closed exams, but with a strong emphasis on essay writing. Your main mode of assessment will be essays, which will range from short exploratory exercises to more detailed discussions on a topic of your choice, to the optional 7,000-8,000-word dissertation in your final year. 

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science also uses varied assessment methods, including closed and open exams, coursework, extended essays, group oral presentations, lab reports, and practicals. 

Both departments offer high levels of feedback and ample opportunities for you to meet with staff to discuss your written work.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams47%25%7%
Coursework53%72%93%
Practical exams0%3%0%

Careers and skills

Studying English and Linguistics at York will provide you with numerous career possibilities. You’ll learn presentation, language, and critical thinking skills during your combined degree, and gain expertise in complex analysis and research. These skills suit a wide range of careers, from law and teaching to national and local government and the creative industries.

Our English alumni 
Our Linguistics alumni

Career opportunities

  • Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
  • Arts Administration
  • Civil and Diplomatic Services
  • Creative Industries
  • Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Law
  • Librarianship
  • Postgraduate study
  • Publishing
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Teaching, including Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Translation Services

Transferable skills

  • Ability to analyse and compare complex texts
  • Capacity to write clearly and fluently for a variety of audiences
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Data interpretation
  • Experience of researching and debating challenging topics
  • Independent study skills
  • Logic and rhetoric
  • Proficiency in presenting findings cogently and persuasively using information technology

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels
  • AAB, including an A in English at minimum (English Language and Literature is also acceptable).
  • We don’t accept General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits from units awarded Distinction. 9 credits from units awarded Merit or higher.
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2, including D3 in English.
European Baccalaureate 80 overall, with 85 in English.
International Baccalaureate 35 points, with 6 in Higher level English.
Irish leaving Certificate H1 (English) H2, H2, H2, H2, H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB at Higher level.
AB at Advanced Higher level, including an A in English.
Other qualifications

 

 

 

English language

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

Applying

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

We look for intellectual and literary curiosity, open-mindedness, and analytical ability.

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

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