BA (Hons) Linguistics with a minor route language

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Proficiency in linguistics can give you the 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.

Minor languages available: 

French, Spanish, Modern Standard Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian and Japanese. Visit the 'Course in depth' tab for more information on our minor languages and levels available. 

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

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.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 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.

If the minor subject to be studied is French, Spanish, German or Italian and has been studied at A Level, a Grade B or above will be required.

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.

Minor Language:

All of our minor language options focus on helping you to become an effective communicator. We will enable you to acquire linguistic skills and develop cultural awareness. We will also work with you to gain transferable skills such as translating and interpreting.

Modern Standard Arabic:

Arabic is spoken as the first language for over 200 million people; it is the official language of 22 countries ( The demand for studying Arabic has recently increased due to increased economic opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Admissions from Beginners to GCSE only. 

Mandarin Chinese:

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and China is the world's second largest economy. Speaking Mandarin will allow you to communicate with millions of people around the world. In business, people who speak Mandarin have a distinct advantage with the Chinese market, as it is easier to develop all-important relationships when you can speak the language (

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


In Europe, more people speak German as their native language than any other language. It is the official language of Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, as well as Germany. As the world's fourth largest economy, and the forerunner in Europe, Germany produces more than a quarter of the European Union's gross domestic product (

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


Italy is the eighth richest economy in the world, a world leader in areas as diverse as tourism, architecture, fashion and football. Italy's cultural and economic significance within the European Union and beyond generates an increasing demand for competent and informed speakers of Italian. It is spoken by one in five Europeans, and by sizeable Italian communities in North and South America, and North Africa. 

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


Japanese is spoken by about 125 million people and the number of UK graduates who can communicate in Japanese and write Japanese scripts is limited, so learning the language will give you a competitive edge.

Admissions at Beginners level only. 


More than 75 million people speak French as their native language. French is also one of the official languages in Canada, Belgium, and Switzerland and is spoken widely across the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. All told, there are more than 220 million French speakers, worldwide (, with French being one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Admissions from Beginners to post A level only. 


Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages around world both in terms of the numbers of speakers, and the global geographical spread. As a global language, Spanish is second only to Mandarin in terms of the number of the world's population who speak it as a first language. It has official status in 21 countries spanning Europe, Africa, North, Central and South America. As the economies of South and Central America continue to surge forward, and the political reach of these nations continues to grow and develop there has never been a more important time to consider studying Spanish.

Admissions from Beginners to post A level only. 

Alongside the units listed below you will also undertake your chosen language unit suited to your level of proficiency. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Mastery, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. Visit UNIWIDE for more information.

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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.
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

The unit of study for your chosen language will be based on your level of language proficiency. 

For an indication of units currently available, please see BA (Hons) Linguistics

The unit of study for your chosen language will be based on your level of language proficiency. 

For an indication of units currently available, please see BA (Hons) Linguistics

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 four years instead of three years (or part-time equivalent).

Placements options

Students studying a language as a minor subject have the opportunity to apply to spend a period of residence abroad or on a work placement.

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.

More about the department

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 = £2,000.


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:

Bursaries and scholarships

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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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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