Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

English / Linguistics

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Allows you to combine the study of two subjects.
  • Choose the balance of your subjects in Years 2 and 3 of the degree.
  • Workshops and readings by published writers including the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy DBE, who is a professor in poetry at the Writing School.
  • We pride ourselves on offering intellectually challenging programmes of study in a friendly and student-centred environment. 
  • We coach practical skills for work including communication skills, presentation skills, essay and report writing, summary skills, interview and questionnaire techniques, use of ICT and the internet.
  • In the last national inspection, the University obtained excellent marks for our facilities, academic standards and staff/student relations.
  • 95% of English and Creative Writing graduates go straight into employment and/or further study according to the DLHE Survey 2014.
  • 100% of our English research impact was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework 2014

About the course

English:

This course takes an innovative, modern approach to the study of literature, focusing on drama, prose, fiction and poetry from the 17th century to the present, and balancing the traditional with the modern. There are opportunities to take units in creative writing, film and cultural theory, as well as writing from the USA, Ireland, Africa, India and the Caribbean. Students who have studied English Literature or Language appreciate the course’s core interest in the analysis of literary language, and those with good qualifications from across the humanities perform just as well. We pride ourselves on our excellent teaching, flexible provision, highly positive student feedback and strong research culture.

Linguistics:

Linguistics is a popular course taken on its own or in combination with a language. 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) and pronunciation (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.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Combined Honours Programmes offer students the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations. In the first year, students will study each subject combination equally and the core units for each unit are shown below.

Core Units
Approaches to Narrative

This unit introduces the critical study of narrative, providing you with the appropriate critical skills and vocabulary with which to analyse different forms of prose narrative, introducing a range of texts from different historical periods, traditions and genres. It develops key skills in the areas of planning and writing essays, and supports structured reflection on the transition to university-level English studies.

Critical Dialogues
This unit introduces you to some key topics in critical and cultural theory and the critical and research skills required for the study of English at university level. The unit is an introduction to a number of key topics in critical and cultural theory and to a range of distinct approaches to the analysis of literary and cinematic texts.
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
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.

Year 2

Units of study available across years two and three on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for years two and three of this programme.

For an indication of units currently available, please see both English and Linguistics. Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Year 3

Units of study available across years two and three on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for years two and three of this programme.

For an indication of units currently available, please see both English and Linguistics. Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
  • Year 1 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 2 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 3 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
Assessment
  • Year 1 60% coursework; 40% examination
  • Year 2 55% coursework; 45% examination
  • Year 3 70% coursework; 30% examination
Optional foundation year
  • Study 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Assessment 75% coursework; 25% examination

Teaching Staff

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. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/english/staff/

Typical entry requirements

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

104-112

An English subject at GCE A Level is preferred, e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature. Subjects such as Religious Education, History, Media Studies and General Studies will also be considered

Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications

104-112 UCAS Tariff points from three A2s or acceptable alternatives. 

Specific GCSE requirements

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

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 -  units taken must include some element of literary or cultural study.

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element

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

Your career prospects after the course

English graduates enter a wide range of employment, especially media work and teaching, where their transferable skills are particularly relevant.

Recent graduates have become school and college teachers, and gained employment in fields as diverse as banking and finance, manufacturing and retail.

There is also the opportunity to engage in further study and professional training, for example some of our graduates go on to study creative writing at postgraduate level in our Manchester Writing School under the creative direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

However the opportunities for further study are diverse and some students have undertaken further professional training to work in law, public administration, management, and librarianship.

A language-focused degree allows you to learn many transferable skills that can be used in a multitude of jobs.

96% of languages and linguistics graduates go straight into further study or employment*. Teaching, translation and interpreting are a popular pathway, but languages graduates are also sought after in many different industries, with recent graduates being offered positions in a variety of different sectors both in the UK and abroad. 

*DLHE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Full-time applications through UCAS
Part-time applications - download an application form at www.mmu.ac.uk/applicationform

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This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

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