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Birkbeck, University of London

Linguistics and Language

UCAS Code: QR19

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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104

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2019

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subjects

Linguistics

Modern languages

As the science of language, linguistics studies everything to do with language, including how language is structured, how it develops in children, the ways in which it reflects society and culture, how it defines individuals and groups, and how it changes over time.

This course offers you the opportunity to learn about the central ideas and concerns of contemporary linguistics at one of the world’s top research-intensive universities. You'll also have the opportunity to reach near-native standard in one language - French, German, Italian or Spanish - or upper-intermediate or advanced level in Japanese, depending on your level of entry, while practising allied skills such as translating, summary-writing, and delivering written and oral presentations.

The programme is also available for full-time evening study over three years or over four years (including a year of study abroad), and for part-time evening study over four years.

Highlights

- Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

- This is a unique joint honours course that allows you to study linguistics together with European and/or Japanese language modules.

- You will be taught by experienced scholars with international research reputations, which will allow you to acquire mastery of your chosen language and a thorough knowledge of contemporary linguistic ideas.

- Our Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication is the oldest applied linguistics department in the country, celebrating its 54th anniversary in 2019. We remain on the cutting edge of the field. Read what our students have to say about studying with us.

- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

- The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Modules

The programme comprises 360 credits of modules, of which 150 must be taken in linguistics.

You take four core linguistics modules - Approaches to Study, Approaches to Language, Analysing Language Structure and Use, and Investigating Language - and select option modules in linguistics. You complete a linguistics project in your final year.

You will follow one of six language pathways, depending on your level of attainment in your chosen language at entry. French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish may be taken from beginners' level. Portuguese students require prior knowledge of the language and will begin the course at intermediate Language Level 4.

Starting at beginners' or near-beginners' level, you will attain a language level equivalent to at least one year's study beyond A-Level. With the higher levels of entry, particularly Portuguese students, the aim is to raise your language level to upper-intermediate or near-native standard.

Remaining modules may be chosen from those relating to the culture of the language studied (many taught primarily in that language), or from a range of cross-cultural modules (taught in English).

Assessment methods

A variety of forms, including continuous assessment, coursework and, for language modules, a written and oral examination.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,675
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Applied Linguistics and Communication

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What students say


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low
Modern languages

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Linguistics

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Others in language and area studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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