This degree focuses on how language works, how it is structured and what it does, from the physical properties of speech, to how languages change and develop over time.
You learn about the growth and development of language in the brain as well as methodologies for the scientific study of the human language faculty.
In addition, you study a modern language from a choice of French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese.
Modules cover topics such as:
You can complete a dissertation in your third year, investigating a topic that you are passionate about. You will also be offered a range of opportunities to participate in staff research projects.
Linguistics at Newcastle ranks in the top 5 UK universities in The Complete University Guide 2015.
We also rank in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
Studying at Newcastle means much more than your time spent in the classroom or the library. The School organises regular field trips to cultural venues in the region such as:
We are home to the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA). This brings internationally renowned writers to Newcastle, through a year-long festival of readings, discussion and debate.
The cross-faculty Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences also organises a rich programme of extracurricular events.
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester in your second year, through the Erasmus programme. The work that you do and the grades you achieve are counted towards your final degree.
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics has Erasmus links with the following universities:
We also have study abroad links with two universities in Canada – Dalhousie and New Brunswick - available through our Non-EU Study Abroad exchange programme.
As a student at Newcastle, you will be part of our School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, which has a long and prestigious history.
Visit the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics' website, where you can:
We are part of one of the largest concentrations of research expertise in Linguistics and Language Sciences in the UK. Our research expertise includes:
The staff are so supportive and no concern is too big or small for them. There really is a friendly, comfortable environment which I think all the students can feel.