Queen Mary, University of London

Course Introduction

A degree in literature and linguistics enables you to understand how language works, and some of the ways it has been used to persuade, inspire, and entertain people. The programme provides a unique perspective on English. On the one hand, you will learn about how language is structured, and the ways in which it conditions our responses to the world. On the other, you will look at some of the most interesting and profound ways in which language has been used by poets, novelists, and dramatists.

Course Modules

Year 1: Foundations of linguistics; thinking linguistics; the sounds of English; English as a global language; English in use. Year 2: Linguistics 2; optional modules: Aspects of meaning in language; ethnography of communication; explaining grammatical structure; language and gender; philosophy of language; language style, standardisation and the media; the linguistics of story'telling; the history of English; contemporary youth language; varieties of English; psycholinguistics. Year 3: Research methods in linguistics; research project in linguistics; optional modules: formal semantics; structures of spoken language; language in London; language variation and change; dialect syntax; prosody of English; bilingualism; syntactic theory; discovering and describing a less familiar language.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £28,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher AAB-AB
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma MD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade