3 years full-time
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.
You can discover more about the Department of English and Related Literature’s exciting degree programmes by watching our video.
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 Years Two and Three, it’s possible to vary the balance and devote more time to either English or Linguistics. You’ll cover a vast range of topics on English and foreign languages, linguistics, and literatures. Our international outlook takes account of global contexts and we offer an innovative curriculum.
NB: This information reflects the current course content and structure, which may be revised from year to year.
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.
English/Linguistics students 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.
You will also take a further 60 credits in Linguistics:
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 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 a choice of modules covering Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth-Century and Romantic, and Modern Literature, as well as Critical Questions, our World Literature offerings, and our Topic Modules.
In Linguistics you will take Introduction to Language Acquisition and one of two intermediate modules in syntax or phonetics and phonology. In addition, students can choose modules such as History of English II, Old English I, Structure of a Language: Modern Hebrew, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
In the third year of your degree, English/Linguistics students 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, Behaviour, and the Social Mind, Language and Discrimination, and Neurolinguistics.
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 students 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.
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.
The Department of English and Related Literature is second overall in the UK for research performance, while the Department of Language and Linguistics is second in the UK for their proportion of world-leading research activity (REF 2014).
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.
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. We offer high levels of feedback and ample opportunities for students to meet with staff to discuss their written work.
The Department of Language and Linguistics also uses varied assessment methods, including closed and open exams, coursework, extended essays, group oral presentations, lab reports, and practicals.
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.
All applications must be made through UCAS. 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.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
D3, D3, M2, including D3 in English.
Access to HE
35 points, with 6 in Higher level English.
Irish Leaving Certificate
H1 (English) H2, H2, H2, H2, H3
80 overall, with 85 in English.
Our English language requirements for international applicants can be found on our Entry Requirements page.