Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)


2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Option to study a foreign language as part of your programme of study. The majority of our 30+ academic, research and support staff are native speakers of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Urdu. We also have multiple connections with language groups across Manchester to ensure you can converse in your chosen language.
  • Choose your own Final Year Dissertation topic.
  • Benefit from our focus on applied linguistics in your course.
  • 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.
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics was rated as being in the top 20 in the country according to the Guardian University League Tables for 2017.

About the course

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.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

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

Core Units
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.
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.

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 four skills, grammar, lexis and phonology.

Year 2

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.

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 syntactitians.
Unit Choice 1

BALLT Work Placement

This unit aims for the students to develop as a Learning and Teaching Assistant in local schools, supportingremedial 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
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 (e.g. data collection and ethics). You will explore the use of language in, and 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).

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 intercultural communication, critically evaluating empirical data and presenting research findings

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.

TESOL-Linguistics 2: Language Acquisition

This unit includes criticisms of Communicative Language Teaching and other methodologies from a number of perspectives, the rôle 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.

Year 3

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

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 unit’s approach will be flexible and may encompass a range of methods to enable you to achieve your learning outcomes. 

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 Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic, Spanish or Urdu alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. 

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.

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.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of different methods, including essay, written examination, portfolio, and dissertation.

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:

  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 3 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • 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

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)

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:

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


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

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

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.

Your career prospects after the course

  • Expanding areas for linguists include digital subtitling, dubbing and website localising.
  • Graduates of this degree may also opt to proceed to postgraduate study in one of the sub-branches of linguistics.
  • Recent graduates have gained employment in banking, local government, cultural relations, education, manufacturing and importing.


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?

Applications through UCAS

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

Open Days

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Unistats Information

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Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

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.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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