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English Language and Linguistics
If you want to understand language use in today’s globalized world, our English Language and Linguistics is the course for you.
You will look at:
- the relationship between language and identity in terms of gender, ethnicity, religion and sexuality
- how we change the language we use according to social contexts
- intercultural communication
- the use of language and non-verbal communication in areas such as journalism, advertising and public relations.
You will also:
- examine how children and adults learn language and become adept users of it
- learn about the history of the English Language and how (and why) it has changed over time
- explore how sounds are produced and how words are structured and created
- discover how language analysis can assist in solving crime
- learn about the relationship between language and thought and how language is processed in the brain.
This degree is ideal preparation for careers in:
- the media
- public relations
How to apply
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Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
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Learning and assessment
On this course you’ll explore and analyse the power and importance of human language. Through research and analysis you’ll gain an insight into the connection between language and thought and a deeper understanding of the world.
This course is based around four strands of study:
- Cognitive/Psycholinguistics Linguistics
- Descriptions of Language in Use
In your first year you'll study core introductory modules to give you a good grounding in the four key strands, as well as research in Applied Linguistics.
In your second and third year you'll be able to tailor your module choices towards particular areas of interest. [You might examine how infants acquire their first language - this is a 1st year module] Or you may choose to explore fake news and media power struggles. In year two you’ll also develop your understanding of research in language in preparation for your final-year dissertation.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
Graduates in English Language and Linguistics can choose from a wide range of career paths, particularly where an international dimension might be involved.
Due to an increasingly globalised world, our working lives become ever more cross-cultural in nature as we communicate and interact with people across cultures as well as across geographical borders.
If you have an interest in people, cultures and human diversity, relevant employment sectors might include teaching, both in the UK and internationally, tourism, marketing, the media, public relations, law, and international companies and organisations.
Jobs now being undertaken by recent course graduates include:
- TEFL teaching in South America
- working in broadcast Media (BBC and ITV)
- online publishing
- academic publishing
- digital marketing
- BBC Radio Producer
- Journalist (Times Online)
- retail manager
- event manager
- speech therapist
- primary and secondary teachers
- social media
- content producer
- advertising industry roles
- copy writing
- charity sector roles
Every year we run an alumni event where you will have the opportunity to meet recent graduates working in a variety of professions.
Students have gone on to apply for a range of master's courses such as Forensic Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, TESOL, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and International Relations. A recent graduate is currently studying for a PhD in Forensic Linguistics. Find out more about Postgraduate courses at Brookes.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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