BA (Hons)


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Proficiency in linguistics will assist you in having a competitive edge in the global jobs market.

If you are interested in the way in which we communicate and how it can influence people, studying linguistics will help you unravel how language is inextricably linked to who we are.

Linguistics is devoted to the scientific study of natural language and concerned with how languages evolve, are structured and what they have in common. It also studies how languages are acquired and used.

Our programme enables you to develop a sound knowledge of both theoretical and applied perspectives and places emphasis on English, with examples from other languages where appropriate. The core elements of the course teach you about sentence structure (Syntax), meaning (Semantics and Pragmatics) Forensic Linguistics and Phonetics and Phonology. You will also learn about language use and variation in different social contexts, the media, and intercultural settings.

Communicating effectively, critical thinking and developing rigorous analytical skills are valuable assets in the job market and are transferable to various professions.


Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

Grade C or above in an English or modern languages subject at GCE A Level is preferred. Humanities and Social Science subjects such as History, Politics, Sociology and Psychology will also be considered

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Linguistics is a popular course taken on its own or in combination with a language. It is devoted to the scientific study of natural language and concerned with how languages evolve, are structured and what they have in common. It also studies how languages are acquired and used. Our programme enables you to develop a sound knowledge of both theoretical and applied perspectives and places emphasis on English, with examples from other languages when appropriate.

In year one, all students will study four units designed to develop a strong basis from which to develop an advanced understanding of Linguistics.

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Core Units

Introduction to Linguistics
This unit seeks to introduce you to current trends in Linguistics where English language and, where appropriate, other languages are examined. The unit aims at enhancing your ability in analysing language and communication.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages

This unit is an introduction to the essential principles of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 1, with a focus on language teaching and learning of the three skills; grammar, lexis and phonology.

Language in Society

This unit introduces the study of language in a variety of social contexts. It examines the ways in which language functions and how it is linked with thought and identity. It also looks at language use in politics and its manipulation by the media.

Fundamentals in Linguistics

The unit will form a solid grounding for an understanding of the role of linguistics as an academic subject and the importance of its different ramifications within society.  It will comprise of the following topics:

  • Theoretical Syntax
  • Phonetics-Phonology
  • Semantics and the role of meaning in communication
  • Morphology and word-formation

In year two, all students will take one core linguistics unit.  Additionally, you will be given a number of options to choose from to make up your other three modules.

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Core Units

Language and its Structure 2: Syntax and Semantics

This unit provides an overview of syntax and semantics as scientific approaches to language study and highlights the approaches that oppose generative semanticists to syntacticians.

Unit Choice 1

BALLT Work Placement

This unit aims for the students to develop as a Learning and Teaching Assistant in local schools, supporting remedial students. You will gain valuable work experience and strengthen your CV at the same time.


Engaging the Humanities and Social Science: Interdisciplinary Learning and Practice

This is an innovative cross-departmental unit which provides an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary context alongside other students from a range of undergraduate programmes within Humanities, Languages & Social Science.

Likely Optional Units

TESOL-Linguistics 2: Language Acquisition

This unit includes criticisms of Communicative Language Teaching and other methodologies from a number of perspectives, the role of the native speaker, linguistic imperialism, ELT as a cultural export, corpus linguistics in ELT, critical approaches to second language acquisition, sociological and ecological approaches to ELT, and other topics from critical applied linguistics.

Intercultural Communication and Uniwide

This unit introduces key concepts in communication and meaning negotiation in intercultural interaction and equips students with tools for carrying out empirical research and research findings. With the Uniwide Language option you can study a further language.

Intercultural Communication

This unit introduces concepts and issues in intercultural communication.  The unit makes use of both established and in-house research, using approaches and analytical frameworks from pragmatics, discourse analysis and the ethnography of communication. You will reflect on how context may influence negotiation of meaning in a variety of cultural contexts. The unit equips you with a comprehensive set of tools for the analysis of intercultural communication from a language perspective and develops the resources needed to identify features of effective communication with people from diverse contexts. The unit prepares you for carrying out empirical research in the field of interculturalcommunication, critically evaluating empirical data and presenting research findings

Forensic Linguistics

Forensic linguistics explores the interface between language and the law, and draws on all levels of language. Through consideration and analysis of forensic data, you will be introduced to key issues specific to forensic linguistic analyses (eg data collection and ethics). You will explore the use of language in linguistic issues arising from key stages of the criminal justice system (including, for instance, during emergency calls to the police, police interviews, and during various stages of courtroom trials).

In year three, all students will take four core units. You may take Language, Image, Media with or without a Uniwide Language option. 

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Core Units

Independent Research Project

This unit will provide you with an opportunity to conduct individual research on a topic appropriate to your degree programme.  The units approach will be flexible and may encompass a range of methods to enable you to achieve your learning outcomes. 

TESOL-Linguistics 3: Language Variation
This unit builds on initial knowledge of sociolinguistic variation - the ways in which language varies and changes in communities of speakers - and applies this to the language teaching context, evaluating the various implications raised.
Syntax: Structuralism and Minimalism

Universal Grammar forms the first part of the course. The second part introduces some sociolinguistic findings. The concluding part compares prescriptivism to descriptivism in linguistics.

Language, Image, Media (with or without Uniwide)

The unit promotes an understanding of how linguistic and non-linguistic communication systems operate within the mass media and equips students with methodological tools for critically evaluating media discourse and cultural artefacts. 

Studying alongside the Language, Image, Media unit you can add a further foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning English (as a foreign language), German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Classical Latin, Modern Standard Arabic, or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

Optional foundation year

Additional information about this course

If a student chooses to take a language as a joint or major subject, they are expected to engage with their Period of Residence Abroad. In this case, the course will run for 4 years instead of 3 years (or part-time equivalent)

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Our Languages, Linguistics and TESOL section has a diverse community of international staff and students, and boasts strong local and global links to further enhance the quality of learning and opportunities available to its students.

The department’s Language Centre provides a wide range of development courses and is accredited by the British Council. It provides teaching in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Linguistics and TESOL with these subjects also available with Business, International Business and International Politics.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

Period Of Residence Abroad (year 3). Expenses in excess of the ERASMUS grant: £200 (cost of living) per month for mainland Europe - Period of Residence Abroad is expected to last 10 months = £2000.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

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How to apply

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UCAS code(s)


Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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