This four-year Linguistics with German degree concentrates on developing your understanding of how we communicate, and the growth of language in the brain. You'll explore linguistics in the context of English and German language. You'll focus on the structure, history and social aspects of the English language and language in general, building a foundation of skills and knowledge to pursue many career paths.
Building your fluency in German alongside your study of linguistics will give you a unique perspective on the language. You will study German from intermediate or advanced level depending on your previous experience.
In your third year, you'll immerse yourself in German culture as you spend the year in Germany, further improving your language skills and confidence, and gaining a first-hand appreciation for the language in context.
Our cutting-edge programme – shaped by the research specialisms of our world-leading staff – ensures your studies explore the latest ideas and most exciting areas of linguistics, such as:
- computational linguistics
- language variation
- theoretical linguistics
Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.
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Quality and ranking
- 10th in UK for Linguistics - The Complete University Guide 2022
- 10th in the UK for Linguistics – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
- 10th in the UK for German - The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
- top 150 – Linguistics category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
- top 150 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021
- 6th in the UK for research power – Research Excellence Framework 2014
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
The linguistics topics you study are broadly similar to our Single Honours Linguistics degree.
Your stage 1 modules will lay the foundation for in-depth analysis and description of language. They focus on topics such as the structure of words and sentences (morphology and syntax), the sounds and sound systems of language (phonetics and phonology) and language variation and change.
Your language tuition involves two hours a week on speaking, reading, writing and listening skills.
You'll also have a weekly one-hour grammar lesson. You complement this with classes aimed at helping you understand the culture and society of the countries where German is spoken.
|Deutschland zwischen 1871 und 1945||20|
|Introduction to Linguistics||20|
The linguistics topics you study at stage 2 are broadly similar to our Single Honours Linguistics degree.
You will develop your knowledge of core aspects of grammar and sound patterns and how these apply to a range of languages. You'll broaden your understanding of language study by exploring the social context in which languages are learned, used and developed over time.
In your German modules in the School of Modern Languages, you’ll develop your reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. You’ll also develop your understanding of the culture and society of German-speaking countries, in preparation for your year abroad.
In addition, you can take modules in beginners' Dutch.
|Level C (HE Advanced) German||20|
You will spend your third year studying or working in a German-speaking country.
|Year Abroad ePortfolio (YAeP)||100|
You will continue to study advanced language modules in German, reflecting the fluency you will have gained during your year abroad.
You will also undertake an independent project, leading your own research in close collaboration with a faculty supervisor.
You can select your remaining modules from an array of choices, each of which is closely linked to your lecturers’ active research specialisms. These currently include syntactic and phonological theory, low-educated second language and literacy acquisition, language origins and evolution, child language acquisition and language change.
|Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Advanced Writing Skills||10|
|Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes||10|
|Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Translation & Interpreting||10|
|Introduction to Child and Adult Language Acquisition||20|
|Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language||20|
|Early English: Texts, Patterns and Varieties||20|
|Monsters, Misery & Miracles: Heroic Life in Old English Poetry||20|
|Speakers as Wordsmiths: the creation of new words in present-day English||20|
|Experimental Methods in Linguistics||20|
|Origins and Evolution of Language||20|
|Topics in Phonological Theory||20|
|Immigrant Second Language & Literacy Acquisition||20|
|The Structure of a Language: Bengali||20|
|Extended Study 1: Linguistics and English Language||20|
|Extended Study 2: Linguistics and English Language||20|
|Old English: Texts and Translations||20|
|The History of Linguistic Ideas||20|
|Language development:Cross-disciplinary approaches||20|
|Language and Ageing||20|
|Manuscript, Print, Digital||20|
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
You also spend around 25 hours per week on class preparation, reading, writing, and other kinds of independent research recommended by your tutor.
Your specific assessments will depend on the modules you take – we assess our students’ progress using a variety of methods which go beyond the typical essay. In general, you'll be assessed through a combination of the below:
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
Studying Linguistics at Newcastle means you will benefit from access to our state-of-the-art Linguistics Laboratory. The LingLab hosts collections of English language data for analysis of linguistic variation and change. It also hosts a range of equipment for advanced articulatory, phonetic and psycholinguistic research. Activities are supported by a dedicated lab manager.
You'll also have access to state-of-the-art language laboratories and the award-winning Language Resource Centre in the School of Modern Languages. These facilities support and facilitate your language learning, and encourage cross-cultural communication.
As part of your degree, you will complete an independent research project in your final year. You will collaborate with a faculty member to investigate a novel topic that you are passionate about. You will also be offered a range of opportunities to participate in staff research projects.
Chat to a student
My favourite thing about Linguistics at Newcastle University is the regular seminar groups, which provide you with the opportunity to explore the topics covered in lectures in great depth and have lively debates with your fellow coursemates (and sometimes even the lecturers themselves!)
All Stage 2 students take part in the English Employability Challenge, an event run in collaboration with School alumni and the Newcastle University Careers Service. This event gives you the opportunity to take on real-life work situations with a brief set by an employer.
You will spend the third year of your degree in a German-speaking country, where you can:
- study at one of our partner institutions
- teach English as a foreign language under the British Council assistantship programme
- take a work placement
- combine study with work placement
Our current partner institutions in Germany and Austria include:
- Karl-Franzens-Universitat Graz
- Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
- Martin Luther Universität Halle Wittenberg
- Ruhr-Universität Bochum
- Universität Augsburg
- Universität Rostock
- University of Oldenburg
Facilities and environment
You'll be based in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, which is at the heart of our city-centre campus, in the Percy Building. You'll join a lively community of students, academics, authors and professionals across both schools.
You'll have access to:
- a digital media lab – for students with documentary and film-making modules
- a PC cluster
- a student-led cafe
- plenty of spaces to work and socialise
You'll have exceptional library provision from our award-winning Library Service. It houses over one million books and a huge range of electronic resources.
Newcastle University Students' Union is home to the award-winning student newspaper, The Courier. This gives you the opportunity to develop your creative writing and journalism skills.
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
The School hosts an annual visiting speakers' programme and poetry readings and film screenings also take place during the year, organised by students or staff.
English students acquire a range of valuable skills, which they can transfer to many different employment situations. Your literary and linguistic training can be used in journalism, librarianship, teaching and the highly competitive fields of writing, acting and directing.
You will also gain other skills such as the capacity to analyse and summarise material, to communicate, to work to a deadline, to argue a case, to work independently as well as collaboratively, and to think logically.
This is excellent preparation for a wide number of professions and as such, our graduates have gone on to a variety of career areas including editorial, marketing, PR and other forms of media. Others have gone to work in law, politics, HR, teaching and supporting specialist learning.
Employability at Newcastle
96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.
Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.
Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).
Make a difference
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
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- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
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