UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This programme focuses on the sounds, structures and meanings of language. This includes aspects of phonetics and phonology (how sounds are produced, transmitted and received), morphology (how words are built from smaller elements), syntax (how words are combined to form sentences), and semantics and pragmatics (how meaning depends on context). This four'year programme is essentially identical to the three'year Linguistics BA, but you will have the opportunity to spend an additional year abroad at one of our partner institutions in Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands or the USA.

Course Modules

Year 1: Introduction to phonetics and phonology A and B; introduction to generative grammar A and B; logic and meaning A and B; principles of linguistic theopry; introduction to language. Year 2: 6 to 8 courses from: phonology of English; pragmatic theory; language acquisition; English accents; phonological theory; sociolinguistics; linguistics and language teaching; practical phonetics; semantic theory; options from other departments. Year 3: Study at the University of Massachusettes, USA, the University of Tubingen, Germany or the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Year 4: Research project or long essay; 4 to 6 courses from: philosophy of language; issues in pragmatics; current issues in syntax; advanced phonological theory; options from year 2.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £16,130  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Advanced Higher ABB-AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAABB
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAA
  • European Baccalaureate 77%-85%
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD
  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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73% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 85%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 100%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 100%

£20,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 35
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 10
Unknown 0

17% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 33%

Total Coursework: 65%

Total Practical: 2%

£5,337 - £7,371
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,915 - £6,624
Typical cost of private accommodation