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How language works, is learned and used.


Study Language and Linguistics at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Are you the kind of person who notices things about language? Do you like words? Do you notice different people’s use of language, their accents, their word choices, maybe even their grammar? Did you like talking about grammar in school? If so, then linguistics is for you.

Here are some of the questions that linguists ask:

Why are there so many different languages? What do they have in common? How do children acquire language? What happens when we have problems using language, for example after a stroke? What is meaning and where do we get it from? How do we produce and comprehend sentences? What are the cultural, social and ideological processes that underlie the way we use language?

If you want to find out more about these questions, apply for Language and Linguistics.

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About this course

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We have designed our courses to give you flexibility to undertake a pathway which best suits your needs. Language & Linguistics can be studied in conjunction with another subject under our modular framework. It will be your major subject, making up two thirds of all your modules. This allows you to combine your interest in language with the study of a vocational area in which effective use of language is central. You can apply to the Language and Linguistics degree initially and incorporate one of these minor subjects at the end of first year or you can, of course, choose to remain a single subject Language and Linguistics student.

In second year, you can study abroad for a semester, for example in Switzerland, Germany or the US.


Each module usually involves two hours of lectures plus a one hour seminar each week. In addition, students are required to undertake substantial directed independent learning.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The Subject Committee will consider a range of qualifications, experience and other evidence of ability to complete the course satisfactorily when considering applications for part-time study.


You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent). The Faculty of Social Sciences will accept Essential Skills Level 2 Communication as equivalent to GCSE English Language.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Language and Linguistics is available as a single subject degree or with a optional exit pathway in Counselling studies (upon completion of three modules).

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

When you choose a Language and Linguistics degree, you are keeping your career options very open. It is very relevant to any job where you need to communicate effectively using language (which is most jobs!) and as a linguistics student, you will experience a mixture of arts based thinking, social science research skills and scientific analysis skills that give you a much broader range of transferable skills than the average graduate.

A Language and Linguistics degree is also more specifically relevant if you are interested in a career in Speech Therapy; Audiology; Teaching; Teaching English as a Second Language; Publishing; Law or Professional Communication. It is also a subject which will provide you with an impressive range of transferable skills highly relevant to the workplace.

Our website includes some graduate profiles so you can read why some of our students chose this programme and how they got from the degree to their current profession.

Work placement / study abroad

The programme offers students the opportunity to take up placements both locally and internationally in which their linguistics skills are applied in a range of English language teaching contexts.


Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016


Course Director: Dr Christina Sevdali

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6402



Our students say:

“I enjoyed every one of the three years because they were so varied, whether we were interviewing people on campus; recording our families and analysing their communication or learning about the sounds that make up the languages of the world.”

“I found the course useful in helping me to understand more about communication: from how language is acquired and speech produced to how social processes affect and are affected by language.”

“My degree in language and linguistics has proved to be a solid base for my current job; it gave me sound preparation in terms of knowledge for the TEFL CERT and was favourably looked on by employers too. I would recommend for it for the various opportunities and career paths it presents upon completion of the course.”

“I firmly believe that the BSc Hons Language and Linguistics has given me the skills required to become an adaptable and effective manager in many capacities.”

“I have no doubt that the Language and Linguistics course has helped me get to where I am today and I would absolutely recommend the course to anyone who is considering it.”

“I enjoyed doing a challenging degree that was something very different from what my friends were doing. Finishing it gave me a great sense of achievement”

“Language and linguistics gave me a lot of skills for my employment: from practical skills like doing presentations and writing, to more transferrable skills like analytical and critical thinking”

“Language and linguistics lecturers are very enthusiastic for their discipline and are very approachable”