Linguistics and Phonetics BA (Full time) 2018 start
Course information for 2019 start
UCAS code: Q100
Start date: September 2018
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer: AAB-ABB
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
Language plays a pivotal role in all human affairs. Linguistics seeks to understand how it works – how it is structured, used in society, and represented in the mind – while phonetics looks at how sounds are produced and transmitted. Together, these disciplines offer you a deep understanding of the ways that humans communicate.
This degree will introduce you to the fundamentals of language, including theories of grammar and the production of speech sounds. But in a department with such diverse research interests, we can also offer a wide range of optional modules allowing you to pursue the areas that interest you, such as psycholinguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, language contact and change, pragmatics, and discourse analysis.
Combining theoretical study with both quantitative and qualitative research, this programme equips you with a wide range of skills as well as a deep and broad understanding of a crucial facet of human behaviour.
Leeds has some fantastic resources for studying linguistics and phonetics. We have a recording studio and fully-equipped phonetics lab for acoustic and articulatory speech analysis, as well as a linguistics lab including eye-tracking equipment and other resources to help with experimental research.
The department is also partnering with the M&S Company Archive, which is housed at Leeds, to explore language use over a century of Marks & Spencer’s heritage.We encourage all of our students to make use of these facilities for module projects or dissertations, giving you valuable experience of different types of research. Back to top
In your first year, you’ll take core modules introducing you to the main principles of linguistics and phonetics, as well as selecting discovery modules that will give you the chance to study a subject from outside the department.
It’s all valuable knowledge for you to build upon in the following year, where you’ll only study two compulsory modules on phonetics and syntax. You’ll have free rein to choose from a range of optional modules, covering three key pathways:
- Formal analysis of language structure and sound
- Language processing, development and evolution
- Discourse studies and sociolinguistics
You’ll continue to benefit from the range of choice on offer in your final year, selecting optional modules and pursuing independent research to present in your dissertation.
Discovery modules from outside the department are also available throughout your degree – many of our students choose to learn a foreign language, but the choice is entirely yours.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|Language Projects||20 credits|
|Language: Meaning and Use||20 credits|
|Key Skills in Linguistics||20 credits|
|Language: Structure and Sound||20 credits|
|LCS Academic Essentials||5 credits|
|The Life Cycle of Languages||20 credits|
|Language and Gender||20 credits|
|Language Acquisition||20 credits|
|Language Change||20 credits|
|Interactional Linguistics||20 credits|
|Linguistics Dissertation||40 credits|
|Languages in Contact||20 credits|
|Syntactic Theory||20 credits|
|Representation, Identity and Control||20 credits|
|Language Processing||20 credits|
|Experimental Pragmatics||20 credits|
|How Texts Work||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Our tutors are experts in their fields and are at the cutting edge of research. To allow you to benefit from their knowledge and experience, we use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods. They include lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.
Independent study is also an important part of the degree, since it gives you the chance to work on your research skills and think critically about what you find. We offer plenty of support, and the University Library offers great training programmes to help you make the most of our excellent resources.
We also use different types of assessment – normally exams and essays, but oral presentations and group work can be included in some modules too. There is support on offer: we run extra classes on issues such as structuring essays, public speaking and exam technique throughout your time at Leeds.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM-DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1 to M1, M1, M1
34 - 35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 to H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, to AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AABBB to AAAABB in Highers
The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.
European Baccalaureate: 77% - 80%
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.Back to top
A degree in Linguistics and Phonetics from Leeds will equip you with a wide range of skills. You’ll be able to study different approaches, some of which will be more arts-focused and others more science-oriented – and that means you have the opportunity to cultivate skills in a number of areas that employers highly value.
You’ll be able to study and analyse different types of data, both qualitative and quantitative, test your hypotheseis and use technology to solve problems. You’ll also be a critical thinker with an advanced understanding of communication.
As a result, graduates have gone into a range of careers, including advertising, marketing, publishing, broadcasting, journalism, PR, tourism and the civil service. They have also pursued further training for careers such as law and teaching, or more directly related fields such as speech and language therapy, forensic linguistics and speech and language technology.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.Back to top
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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