Careers and employability

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History employability

Because linguistics and phonetics cover sub-disciplines that range from arts-oriented (discourse analysis, sociolinguistics) to formal theoretical (syntax, phonology) and science-oriented (psycholinguistics, phonetics), a degree from Leeds gives the opportunity to develop an unusually wide range of skills. Employers value our graduates' expert understanding of communication, as well as their ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data, test alternative hypotheses, and use specialist technology to solve problems.

A wide range of career options

A degree in Linguistics and Phonetics at Leeds is an excellent qualification for students who wish to pursue careers in advertising, marketing, publishing, broadcasting, journalism, tourism, public relations or the civil service. It is also an excellent basis for students who intend to train further for a career in speech and language therapy, speech and language technology, forensic linguistics, law or teaching (including the teaching of English as a Foreign Language, or TEFL).

Work placements and postgraduate study

We have formal arrangements in place for those students who want to take a year out to fulfil a work placement away from their studies. This is the sort of thing that will really enhance your CV when it comes to starting your career as a graduate. Our School Work Placement Officer will work with you to find a suitable placement.

You might also wish to pursue postgraduate study on one of our Masters' or doctoral programmes. If you have combined linguistics with a modern foreign language, this provides an ideal basis for further professional training as a translator or interpreter. There are excellent opportunities for doing this within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at Leeds.

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