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Linguistics and Phonetics BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    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.

    Specialist resources

    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.

  • Course content

    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.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • 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

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Phonetics 20 credits
    • Syntax 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Psycholinguistics 20 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

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Linguistics Dissertation 40 credits

    Optional modules

    • 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

    For more information on typical modules, read Linguistics and Phonetics BA in the course catalogue

    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.

    Assessment

    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.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB-ABB

    • 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

      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM-DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1 to M1, M1, M1

    • International Baccalaureate

      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

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      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.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 77% - 80%


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s 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.

    Alternative entry

    We’re 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.

    International

    We accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    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.

    Admissions policy

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 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 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 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, you’ll 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.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s 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.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    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.


    Work placements

    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.