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BSc (Hons) Language, Logic and Communication

Explore the ideas and science behind the linguistic and reasoning abilities that make us human

Year of entry: 2023/24

UCAS code

V5Q3

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2023(semester dates)

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£21,950 per year

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Uncover and dissect the components that make human communication so special.

Through analysing human interactions, you’ll attain a rigorous scientific understanding of how language and communication work, enhancing your ability to communicate effectively. At the same time, you’ll improve your ability to understand and explain complex arguments by using specialist techniques to systematically deconstruct ideas with mathematical precision.

Using the latest tools and technology, you’ll examine language in meticulous detail—revealing a new level of understanding that has the potential to change the way you see the world.

By learning to think methodically and construct coherent arguments, you're going to improve your ability to express yourself confidently and clearly in professional, academic and social situations.

Exposure to a diverse range of topics and ideas will nurture personal and technical skills that open up a world of opportunities for you. You could go on to use your linguistic knowledge to help people as a speech therapist, apply your data analysis skills to guide the government in a public sector job or utilise your creative problem-solving abilities to lead a team in any industry. Broad experience and practice tackling complex ideas will also be an ideal platform if you decide to go on to postgraduate study.

1st in the UK

for the quality of our research in language and linguistics, according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021)

1st in the Russell Group

for overall satisfaction in Philosophy and for academic support in Linguistics, in the 2022 National Student Survey (NSS)

2nd in the UK

for philosophy research according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021)

University of the Year shortlisted

We're proud to announce that we've been shortlisted for two prestigious University of the Year awards.

  • Times Higher Education Awards 2021
  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Find out more about our nominations

Course content

World-leading academics in philosophy and linguistics will guide you through carefully-selected modules that introduce you to a unique but complementary set of tools, enabling you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the science behind language and communication.

Through a mix of theory, experimentation and data science, you'll enhance your understanding of language and uncover logical structures and distinctions that feed into your philosophical evaluations.

You'll study a mix of modules specific to philosophy and linguistics and others which traverse the area where the fields converge.

Through a mix of seminars, lectures and practicals, you'll learn intellectual and digital skills that you can use for the rest of your life in any academic or professional career path you choose.

Year 1

You'll be introduced to some of the core concepts of philosophy and linguistics.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

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

Year 2

You'll learn more about the connection between philosophy and language and see how data science tools can help us understand language in more ways.

Core modules

Option modules

You'll choose to study a philosophy module, or an elective module with another department.

The choice of which Philosophy modules are available is subject to change but is likely to include:

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Nietzsche and Existentialism
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Aristotle
  • Applied Ethics
  • Ethical Theory
  • Lived Experiences: An Introduction to Phenomenology.

Year 3

You'll explore the interaction between computers and the mind, choose from a range of option modules and get to work independently on a chosen project.

Core modules

Option modules

You'll study four option modules, including at least two from philosophy and at least one from linguistics.

Philosophy modules are research-led and may vary year-on-year, but could include modules like:

  • Experimental Philosophy: The Psychology of Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Mind and Morality
  • Logic and Paradox

Linguistics options could include:

  • Pragmatics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Issues at the Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • Advanced Topics in Language Variation and Change

Project work

For your independent project work you'll choose to complete one of the following on a topic of your choice:

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

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:

  • Explain key problems and puzzles about language, logic, and communication, and apply their understanding in approaching new problems.
  • Explore and develop potential solutions to complex problems and puzzles about language, logic, and communication, using a range of philosophical, formal, and quantitative research methods, including computational and data science methods underpinned by a working knowledge of statistics and computer programming.
  • Critically evaluate a range of solutions to problems, and make a measured judgement about what is the best solution in each case, supporting that judgement with a sustained line of argument.
  • Use scientifically grounded approaches to the nature, use and acquisition of language to investigate complex and unfamiliar linguistic phenomena, discern relevant patterns and articulate their relevance to linguistic and philosophical audiences.
  • Work effectively and productively as a thinker and learner, individually and in collaboration with others.
  • Communicate complex ideas in clear and accessible terms in a range of formats.

Free online courses

Get a taste of university-level study on one of York's free short courses, including our subject courses.

One of things I remember most fondly about York is the staff at the philosophy department. It was such an honour to have had the opportunity to discuss, debate and bounce ideas off of them. There is this culture of openness that I think really characterises the department; lecturers want their students to speak and challenge them.
Furhaad, BA Philosophy

Read more from our Philosophy students

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £21,950

UK (home) or international fees?

The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home) fees may increase within the government fee cap in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International fees are subject to increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

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'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. 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

You’ll be empowered to actively participate in your own learning by asking questions, evaluating your thoughts and searching for answers. You’ll do this theoretically in group discussions and practically in hands-on laboratory experiments, under the supervision of a tutor who is an expert in the field. You’ll learn through a mixture of:

  • small group seminars (12 - 20 students)
  • reading groups
  • lectures
  • experiments (in our state-of-the-art labs)
  • written work with written feedback
  • visiting speakers.

Additionally, every staff member has a 'Feedback and Advice Time' every week that students are encouraged to use for one-to-one contact and informal discussion. In your first year, you’ll also be able to get extra support in several ways:

  • from other students via our Peer Assisted Learning programme
  • an additional (optional) contact hour every week
  • specific help easing into university life.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Facilities

You may use our state-of-the-art Language and Linguistic Science facilities to deconstruct and analyse language. We have three areas that you may use.

Psycholinguistics lab

Comprising two experimental booths with black-out blinds so you can measure pupil response using the world’s most precise video-based eye trackers. Two additional workstations are used for behavioural experiments. These are equipped with multiple E-prime software licences, devices for recording response times and technology for controlling auditory stimuli. The lab also has a generous multi-purpose computer laboratory with access to linguistics software for experimental design and coding.

Speech lab: Articulograph and ultrasound

Using ultrasound imaging and electromagnetic articulography, you can track the movement of the tongue and lips in real-time to analyse speech.

Recording studio

Our professional recording studio can produce clear, quiet, professional recordings suitable for academic use.

Teaching location

You will be based in the departments of Philosophy and Language and Linguistics which are based on Campus West.

Teaching on this course takes place at various locations across Campus West including Vanbrugh, Derwent and the Spring Lane Building.

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

Depending on your course and the modules you choose, you'll be assessed differently.

Essays, exams and coursework will make up most of your assignments, but there will also be some group work.

You'll submit summative work, which counts towards your final degree score, and formative work, which doesn't count towards your final grade but gives you the chance to practice techniques and identify areas to improve. We'll provide detailed feedback on the work you submit, supporting you in developing your academic skills.

We can make appropriate adjustments to assessment procedures for students with disabilities. See the University's disability support pages for further details.

All lecturers and seminar tutors are very supportive if there is something bothering you. Everyone knows about the struggle that might occur when starting university and you will receive help if you need it.

Lena, 2nd Year Linguistics student

Read Lena's blog

Careers and skills

Effective communication, critical thinking and project management skills are central to most careers. Studying Language, Logic and Communication will equip you with these skills and more, which translate readily into any work context. 

Our graduates have an excellent record of pursuing fulfilling paths after graduation. Some of our graduates go on to further academic study or professional training in areas including law and journalism. After additional postgraduate training, graduates with a passion for linguistics have the option to enter careers in clinical linguistics (speech and language therapy), teaching, academic research and higher/further education, and forensic linguistics (forensic speech science).

You'll also gain confidence and skills from completing a demanding course and participating fully in university life.

Career opportunities

  • IT and software development
  • Data analysis
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting and journalism
  • Marketing and communications
  • Local government and public service
  • Business, finance and accountancy
  • Teaching

Transferable skills

  • Effective communication skills
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Project management
  • Independent learning
  • Data analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Constructing and defending a coherent argument
  • Grasping complex ideas
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Understanding of language and expression

Entry requirements

Typical offer
A levels

AAB

Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
European Baccalaureate 80% overall
International Baccalaureate 35 points
T levels We will consider a range of T Level qualifications for entry. Please visit our dedicated T Levels page for a full list of accepted T Levels.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
Widening participation If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Black Access Programme, Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS. More about widening participation.
Contextual offers If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.
EPQ If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.
Core Maths If you achieve B or higher in Core Maths, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
Duolingo 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

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

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