BA (Hons) Human Communication and LinguisticsQ140

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time or up to 6 years part-time.
  • Language is everywhere. It’s fundamental to almost everything we do and who we are. We use language not only to pass on information, but also to influence people, to negotiate, to make people feel good and for fun. We analyse at what people say and the way that they say it. We also look at why they say what they say in the way that they say it. For example, I chose those particular words to express that particular thought, because the vowels in they, say and way are the same and add alliterative power to the sentence. This is a key skill in persuasive texts like politics, media and advertising, as well as in creative texts.

    The BA (Hons) Human Communication and Linguistics degree develops your sensitivity to language and communication and gives you the skills to describe what you observe. Linguistics is at the centre of academia. It bridges fields as diverse as psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, history and wherever people are the subject of study.


    During the course, we’ll ask questions about what language is, how it works, where it comes from, how we learn it and how we teach it. Because it is a broad subject area, it will benefit any career path you choose, equipping you with an unrivalled flexibility on your career path.

    You don’t need a foreign language to take this degree because, with both practical and academic aspects to study, it suits anyone with an interest in language and human psychology. If you are interested in how people communicate and what that tells us about how they tick, then this could be the perfect degree for you. The degree can be taken on a full- or part-time basis and includes placement opportunities.

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All modules are compulsory and each year your modules build upon your knowledge:

1st Year
  • English in the world
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Phonetics & phonology
  • Engaging with learning in linguistics
  • Language & mind
  • People in context
  • Child development
2nd Year
  • Variation in modern English
  • Discourse & communication
  • Shakespeare in context
  • Teaching English as a second language (TESOL)
  • Research methods in linguistics
  • Work placement or community project



3rd Year
  • Advanced linguistic analysis
  • Discourse in practice
  • Language change & the history of English
  • Stylistics & poetics
  • Dissertation





Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

A linguistics degree develops your sensitivity to language and communication. A linguistics graduate therefore has far more open doors than graduates in any other field; your degree will always be relevant, whatever your chosen career. For example, an English Language & Linguistics degree is ideal to enter careers in teaching, counselling or language therapy, following postgraduate study and accreditation.

Many of our graduates enjoy careers as teachers and language ‘mentors’ in UK primary and secondary schools, and we have lots of our Alumni teaching English all over the world. Areas such as management and publishing need both good language and good communication skills, while many other graduates work freelance or are employed as proof readers, translators or technical writers. There is also a growing need for work on 'plain English' documentation of complex instructions, advertising and anywhere else that language is a crucial part of the business.


ALUMNI OF BA (Hons) Human Communication and Linguistics

Current Students


Course Leader

The BA (Hons) Human Communication and Linguistics degree is conducted by four senior lecturers: Dr Steve Disney, Dr Katy Salisbury, Dr Sally Bates and Dr Tomasina Oh. With strong academic backgrounds in the various aspects of English language and linguistics, the team leads the course with rich knowledge, enthusiasm and passion.