What students say about linguistics
My language and linguistics course is awesome! We're in for nine hours a week, usually one or two days every week! We cover everything from semantics, pragmatics and syntax, to social conversations and phonetics! It's extremely interesting (although often quite challenging!). We have some course-specific facilities including our phonetics lab, which is an excellent resource!2nd year, Ulster University
For me, the fact that linguistics requires you to be equally strong across a lot of sub-disciplines like science and philosophy is a highlight, and is just challenging enough to make you really want to work. Some people find the diversity off-putting. It's a tiny department at Cambridge, so we don't have that much contact time - around eight hours per week is probably one of the least heavy schedules out of all the Cambridge courses. Still, we're turning out about four essays over ten days, plus preparing for practicals which are roughly fortnightly and more frequent for phonetics, so we get plenty of stimulation.3rd year, University of Cambridge
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Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
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Useful to have
- Modern foreign language
- English literature and language
- English language
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Jobs where this degree is useful
- Teacher of English as a foreign language (TEFL)
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Linguistics students can expect to pick up subject-specific skills during their study that include an understanding of how language is acquired and used; how language is used and the principles of phonetics, phonology and linguistic analysis, syntax and semantics. Students of linguistics can also learn a number of useful transferable skills including communication, time management, research and critical thinking, and project management, and these skills are in demand from employers, including PR agencies, schools, hospitals, management consultancies, libraries, banks, translation agencies and IT companies.