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Q1R4 - Linguistics with Spanish

Linguistics with Spanish

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: Q1R4
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2022

Explore how language works and how it’s structured, alongside the study of Spanish.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £20400

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

This four-year Linguistics with Spanish 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 Spanish. 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 Spanish alongside your study of linguistics will give you a unique perspective on the language. You will study Spanish from intermediate or advanced level depending on your previous experience.

In your third year, you'll immerse yourself in Spanish culture as you spend the year in a Spanish speaking country, 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
  • psycholinguistics
  • theoretical linguistics


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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.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Quality and ranking

  • 10th in UK for Linguistics - The Complete University Guide 2022
  • top 150 – Linguistics category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
  • 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)
  • sounds and sound systems of language (phonetics and phonology)
  • language variation and change

Your language tuition involves two hours a week on skills including:

  • speaking
  • reading
  • writing
  • listening

You'll also have a weekly one-hour grammar lesson. This is complemented by classes aimed at helping you understand the culture and society of the countries where Spanish is spoken.


Compulsory Modules Credits
The Nature of Language 20
Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Syntax and Phonology 20
Introduction to the Structure of Language 2: Morphology and Meaning 20
Language Variation and Change: Dealing with Data 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish 20
Optional Modules Credits
Introduction to Linguistics 20
Introduction to History, Culture and Society of the Iberian Peninsula 20

The linguistics topics you study 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 Spanish 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 Spanish-speaking countries, in preparation for your year abroad.

In addition you can take a module on Catalan, or one that introduces you to the different varieties of Spanish that are spoken throughout the world.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Phonological Theory 20
Syntactic Theory 20
Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish 20
Optional Modules Credits
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
Multilingualism 20

You will continue to study advanced language modules in Spanish, 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.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills 10
Optional Modules Credits
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
Multilingualism 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
Dissertation 20
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 10
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Translation & Interpreting 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You can normally expect to spend around 10 hours per week attending lectures, seminars, workshops and film screenings, plus weekly study groups.

You also spend around 25 hours per week on class preparation, reading, writing, and other kinds of independent research recommended by your tutor.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Presentations

Skills and experience

Practical experience

Studying Linguistics at Newcastle means you will benefit from access to our state-of-the-art Linguistics Laboratory. The LingLab hosts collections of 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 will also have access to 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.

Research skills 

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.


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 Spanish-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 partner institutions, in Spain and South America, include:

  • Universidad General Sarmiento
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru
  • Universidad del Pacífico
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • Universidad de Cadiz
  • Universidad de Granada
  • Universidad de Murcia
  • Universidad de Sevilla
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Universitat de Valencia
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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, writers and professionals.

You'll have access to:

  • a digital media lab – for students with documentary and film-making modules
  • The LingLab, a world-class research facility for linguistics
  • a PC cluster
  • a student-led café
  • the award-winning Language Resource Centre with self-study resources for over 50 languages
  • plenty of spaces to work and socialise

You will have exceptional library provision from our award-winning Library Service. It houses over one million books and a huge range of electronic resources.

Find out more about the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics


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 affecting your academic progress. Peer Mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer questions you may have when starting university.

Your future

English Language and Linguistics students acquire a range of valuable skills which equip them to pursue diverse career paths.

Your training can be used in:

  • teaching English as a foreign language
  • publishing
  • journalism
  • advertising, branding and marketing
  • information services and data science

You will gain skills such as critical reasoning and problem solving, project and data management, oral and written communication, collaboration and independent research.

Our degrees provide excellent preparation for a wide number of professions. With further training, our graduates have also become:

  • lexicographers
  • translators and interpreters
  • speech and language therapists
  • social researchers
  • legal sector workers (including forensic linguists)

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).

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Careers support

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.

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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.

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Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

34 points

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

(This includes 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. 

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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. 

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Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2022 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.

Read more about fees and funding

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.

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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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