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Overview Structure and patterns in language and numbers

UCAS code


Typical offer

AAB including A in Mathematics (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

Linguistics is the science of language, so it sits 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 around 90 per cent of University of York Maths graduates are employed or in further study.

Course content What you’ll study


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.

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.

  • Calculus — A cultural transition to the rigorous development of University maths.
  • Core Algebra — Understand and manipulate functions, complex numbers, vectors and matrices.
  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology —  Understand the relationship between sounds that are used in speech, how they are made, and how they form a system of speech units.
  • Introduction to Syntax — How words are categorised and formed into phrases and sentences .
  • Introduction to Semantics — The meanings of words and how those meanings are combined in sentences.

Academic integrity module

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:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

  • Linear Algebra — An introduction to vector spaces and linear mappings between them.
  • 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.

Study abroad

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

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

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.


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.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

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 How to get here

Course entry

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.

A-levels and GCSEs

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.

Other UK qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U

Pass with D3, D3, M2 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics.

International options

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall, including HL6 in Mathematics.

Scottish Highers

AAAAB, including A in Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAABB, including A1 in Mathematics.

European Baccalaureate

80 per cent average overall, including 85 per cent in Mathematics.

English language

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

Unistats for this course

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Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork

Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork