Our capacity for language sets us apart from other species, and is an important part of our national and ethnic identities

The heart of Linguistics is the study of the structure of human languages. Linguistics also examines their history and the ways in which they change, the acquisition of language and the role language plays in human interaction. Linguistics is connected to any discipline concerned with human communication, languages and literature, as well as anthropology, artificial intelligence, human biology, philosophy, psychology and sociology.

Linguistics and your career

Linguistics can prepare you for a career in language education (curriculum design, foreign language teaching, teaching English as a second or foreign language and bilingual education). Other career possibilities include: speech and language therapy, journalism, broadcasting, advertising, marketing, artificial intelligence, machine translation, speech synthesis and recognition and forensic linguistics.

Study options in Linguistics

Linguistics is available for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and is taught by Applied Language Studies and Linguistics in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics.

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