English Literature and Linguistics (3 Years) [BA]
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UCAS course code: QQ13
UCAS institution code: M20
Degree awarded: BA
Duration: 3 years
Typical A level offer: Grades AAA-ABB incl Eng Literature or Eng Lang & Lit grade A and ANY language incl Eng Lang
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Academic department: School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
Related website: www.llc.manchester.ac.uk
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Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 275 3211
How to apply: Apply through UCAS.
BA (Hons) English & Linguistics
Aims to give students a thorough grounding in the twin academic disciplines of English Literature and Linguistics. The two subjects are taught independently of one another - students will be able to choose course units from the same range as those studying BA (Hons) English Literature (Q320) and BA (Hons) Linguistics (Q100). Finally, we also provide a series of course units that combine aspects of both subjects if you wish to study how the disciplines interact.
- This is a three year joint degree taught across two departments.
- The Department of English & American Studies has excellent research expertise (especially in the area of Anglo-Saxon studies) and the Department of Linguistics has an enviable international research reputation (in terms of the breadth of coverage across the world's languages and the spectrum of contemporary ideas about language).
For further details of the linguistics side of this degree course, please see the following:
- BA (Hons) English & Linguistics students enjoy the superb research and study facilities offered by the John Rylands University Library, the third largest academic library in Britain. Its archives, manuscripts and rare book collections have been described as 'a bibliographical microcosm of all liberal arts' and they are notably pre-eminent in the field of English literature.
- The Department of English & American Studies has research strengths in many areas. The Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies is a major research centre and undergraduates are welcome at its meetings and at those of the lively and informal Middle English Seminar. In addition to research strengths there are creative writing options in second and third year.
- The Department of Linguistics has expertise in, as well as course units devoted to, a wide range of languages and language families including the Romance languages, the Germanic languages, the Finno-Ugric languages, languages of the near east (eg Arabic and Hebrew), Iranian languages, the indigenous languages of South America, inlcuding in particular Amazonian and Bolivian languages and Quechua, Siberian languages and Romani. In addition we have a number of courses covering the history and present-day state of the English language
- The Department of Linguistics participates in the Socrates/Erasmus student exchange scheme and has links with leading linguistics departments in Lund (Sweden), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Berlin (Germany), Odense (Denmark), Naples (Italy) and Paris (France). You may be able to spend one or two semesters at one of these partner universities as part of your degree course
Course content for year 1
- In the first year you spend half your time studying English and half on Linguistics.
- In English you are introduced to the full range of disciplines as the basis for further and more specialised study. The diverse topics available include English Literature 1580-1700, contemporary cultural theory (including work by T.S.Eliot, Virginia Woolf and Jeanette Winterson), Anglo-Saxon topics and Middle English studies. On the Linguistics side you will learn to look at language in a new way.
- Linguistics course-units are designed to equip you with the skills necessary for describing and analysing the sounds, meanings and structures of language - you will study topics ranging from grammar to semantics, from phonetics to discourse analysis.
Course content for year 2
- In the second year you can choose to weight your studies so that you spend up to two-thirds of your time on English or Linguistics, or you can continue to study each area equally.
- Second year English course units build on first year work by adding breadth and depth to the subjects covered and giving you a more flexible choice of topics. Subjects available range from medieval literature to modern literary and cultural theory.
- In Linguistics the emphasis switches to linguistic theories. You will build on your new analytical skills by considering ideas about the nature of language and models of its structure. You will study units in Syntactic Theory, Phonology, Typology and Grammatical Semantics as well as a number of specialised course-units of your choice.
- Again, you can opt to study a modern language course unit.
Course content for year 3
- In the final year you can again choose to weight your studies so that you spend two-thirds of your time on either English or Linguistics or once again you can choose to study the areas with equal weighting.
- In English your study can be tailored to suit your own interests as there are nearly 40 course units available covering twentieth-century literature, literature from the Renaissance to 1900, aspects of culture (language, modernity, postmodernity), medieval language and literature, language studies and creative writing.
- In Linguistics you can develop interests in particular areas of the subject as we offer a very wide range of specialist options including sociolinguistics, linguistic typology, language contact, language change, creole linguistics, experimental phonetics, grammatical theory, phonology, semantics and pragmatics.
- In addition we offer courses in the structure and description of a wide range of the world's languages and language families as well as course units devoted to general learning skills, research skills and empirical fieldwork methodology.
- Finally, as part of your last year of study you can opt to write a dissertation. The dissertation is an original piece of extended research supervised by a member of staff with research interests in a related field. You can choose to write the dissertation in either department (although in exceptional cases joint supervision by both departments is possible).
Your high-level linguistic skills will open up numerous paths (e.g. business, industry and finance). You will also have excellent all-round communication skills making you a strong contender for openings in the media, PR and similar areas.
In our experience, many graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications. Others opt for postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (in England or abroad) or enter the Civil Service.
Did you know?
- MI5 actively recruit graduates with language skills
- Past students have gone into areas as diverse as Radio Reporting, Advertising, Accountancy, Events Management, Commercial Management and International Sales.
- Graduates from The University of Manchester are amongst the highest paid in the country
- More employers recruit at The University of Manchester than at any other UK university
- The University of Manchester's Careers Service is consistently voted the best in the country by both students and employers
- The School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK and has received the prestigious European Award for Languages from CiLT, the National Centre for Languages.
- The University hold open days twice a year (usually June and October) where you have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about the facilities and courses we offer.
- If your application is successful you will be invited to a visit day specifically for your area of study. On this day you will find out more about the School and its resources, meet members of staff and current students and discuss study aims and qualifications with admissions staff.
- We do not normally interview applicants. We make offers after carefully considering your UCAS application.
Selected entry requirements
A level: Grades AAA-ABB including English Literature (or English Language & Literature) at grade A and ANY language (including English Language. If you are taking English Language & Literature as a combined A-Level you will also require a modern language at A-Level).
Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.
GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language.
Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.
International Baccalaureate: 37-33 points overall including English Literature grade 7 higher level plus any language (including English Langauge) grade 6 or 7 higher level.
Irish Leaving Certificate: We welcome applications from students studying for this qualification and all such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Scottish Highers are accepted only in combination with Advanced Highers.
Scottish Advanced Highers:
Grades AAA_ABB including English Literature (or English Language & Literature) at grade A and ANY language (including English Language).
Where a specified subject is not available at Advanced Higher level, an A level or other equivalent must be offered.
A pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate is acceptable in combination with 2 A-Levels. Please see the section on A-Levels for relevant subject specific requirements.
European Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.
Other international entry requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country
BTEC Extended Diploma: Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcomed and are considered on an individual basis. Please see the sections on A-Level and GCSE entry requirements for subject specific qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 30 credits with a Distinction grade (15 of which must be in Eng Lit), plus 15 credits with a Merit grade. 15 credits with a Merit must be achieved in a modern foreign language or English language at Level 3. Where either subject is not available as part of the access course an A-level must be offered instead. They must also EITHER have GCSE English language (at Grade C or higher), OR be able to demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits in English language at Level 2. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.
Advanced Placement tests: The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Advanced/Progression Diploma: The University of Manchester welcomes the introduction of the level 3 specialised diplomas. We look forward to providing guidance regarding progression opportunities and subject and grade requirements when further details on equivalences are published
Non-standard educational routes:
If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines
Candidates must be proficient in the English language, which is the language of instruction and examination at the university.Acceptable English Language qualifications include IELTS 6.5 (with no individual component below 5.5), CPE grade C, CAE Grade B or another equivalent
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Teaching and learning
- You will be taught through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will spend approximately 12 hours each week in formal study sessions. For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
- The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre
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