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The Linguistics BA 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).
Year one: compulsory courses: logic and meaning; introduction to phonetics and phonology; introduction to generative grammar; introduction to children's language development; introduction to language. Year two: compulsory courses: two intermediate courses in each of the core areas of linguistics: meaning; pronunciation; sentence structure. Optional courses: language acquisition; practical phonetics; sociolinguistics; language processing; linguistics of sign language. Final year: compulsory courses: two courses each from two of the core areas of linguistics: meaning; pronunciation; sentence structure. Optional courses: linguistics options may include: language acquisition; practical phonetics; sociolinguistics; language processing; linguistics of sign language.
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Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni.
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?
% employed or in further studyMEDIUM93%
Average graduate salaryHIGH£20.3k
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Employment prospects for graduates of this subject
Linguists are in demand across the economy, from marketing to IT, so this type of degree has a better than average employment rate. Graduates from language subjects are, not surprisingly, more likely than most others to get jobs working overseas, with Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) a popular option. Linguists are particularly likely to get jobs in marketing, finance, education and in management, but remember – whilst employers say they rate language skills, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.
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