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University of Aberdeen

Language and Linguistics and Philosophy

UCAS Code: QV15
MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
Student score
92% HIGH
89% HIGH
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
88% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

For First Year Entry a minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB or 4 AS at AABB. For Second Year Entry a minimum of an A in the subject selected for Single Honours plus BB, or AB in the subjects selected for Joint Honours plus a further B.

Scottish Highers
AABB

Minimum of 4 Highers at AABB obtained at a single sitting or 3 Advanced Highers at BBB. Those seeking to qualify over two sittings will be expected to exceed this minimum.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Minimum entry requirement: DDM in related subjects.

International Baccalaureate
32

For entry into First Year, a minimum of 32 points required, including at least 5,5,5 at HL. For entry into Second Year, a minimum of 36 points, including at 6, 6, 6 at Higher level in subject(s) selected.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

First Year: Entry to second year Language and Linguistics is normally dependent on you having achieved a pass in either Communication and Language in Contemporary Society or English Structure and Use (you are actively encouraged to take both courses). If you do not have a Higher or A Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language you are encouraged to take one at Aberdeen. Second Year: In second year, all Language and Linguistics students must normally take 45 credits from the following courses: Sounds of English, History of Language in the British Isles, Introduction to French Linguistics or Philosophy of Language, Words and Meanings: Lexis and Semantics, Constructing Words and Meaning: Morphology (all 15 credits). You will need to have studied prerequisite courses in French and Philosophy in first year to study these last two courses. Third and Fourth Year (Honours): At Honours level there are a number of Language & Linguistics courses available dealing with topics such as First and Second Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Language Variation and Change; Discourse Analysis; Research Methods; Language Contact and Change; Language and Identity; and Language and the Professions Philosophy - First Year : Level 1 courses are An Introduction to Moral Philosophy, Reason and Argument and Experience, Knowledge and Reality. Second Year: The Philosophy curriculum at level 2 is devoted to more advanced courses in Metaphysics, Epistemology, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Practical Philosophy. Third and Fourth Year (Honours): Single Honours Mental Philosophy involves independent study at level 3 and a (compulsory) dissertation at level 4. There is a wide range of options at both level 3 and 4. Options offered reflect the interests of members of staff and have recently included Continental Rationalism, Scientific Methodology, Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Mathematics, Modal Logic, Objects and Properties, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Identity and Persistence, Philosophy of Biology, Information and Philosophy, Philosophy of Biology, Kripke's Naming and Necessity, Death, Philosophy of Time, Scepticism, Metaphilosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion, Leibniz, and Berkeley.

University of Aberdeen

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Founded in 1495 we're one of the oldest UK universities, offering over 600 undergraduate courses. Teaching is organised into three colleges: College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Physical Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A place in halls is normally guaranteed to first-year students on or within walking distance of the main teaching site.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
22%
78%

Year 1

12%
88%

Year 2

13%
87%

Year 3

7%
93%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
45%
54%
1%

Year 1

37%
51%
12%

Year 2

44%
49%
7%

Year 3

13%
80%
7%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 100%
Student score 92% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

88%

Feedback on work has been prompt

79%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

88%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
46% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
70% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
413 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

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 study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales supervisors

8%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

7%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 89% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

95%

Library resources are satisfactory

95%

Feedback on work has been helpful

85%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

90%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
28% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
39% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
393 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
22% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

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 study 88% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

7%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

5%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

14%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are an increasingly popular option, with more than 2,300 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2012. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level – so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into education, management, marketing, community work, human resources and the finance industry, while a few even went into IT, where their logical training can be very useful.
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