We were ranked second in the UK for Linguistics in the Complete University Guide 2017, an accolade that demonstrates our outstanding strengths in Linguistics research, learning, and teaching. In first year you learn essential analytical tools and concepts. Compulsory modules deal with the structure and sounds of English, as well as an introduction to linguistic study. These modules teach you how language actually works and how linguists study it. This foundation knowledge is applied to the history of English and language variation, discovering how language varies in space and time. In second and third years, you specialise in areas that capture your imagination. You have the freedom to design the course that suits you, building on the topics that most interest you. Module content ranges from formal linguistics such as phonetics and syntax, the history of language and linguistic thought, and language and society. Explore how language is acquired and taught, learn about the latest thinking on the development of the language, or examine the relationships between language and gender, discourse, and place. Throughout your final year you will have the opportunity to work on your own research project, which will inform your final dissertation. Our courses equip you with valuable, transferable skills for a wide range of careers. Our graduates are creative and self-motivating, and have gone on to work in many different sectors. Some of their job titles include Central Administrator, Event Manager, Youth Engagement Adviser, Global Marketing Manager and Editor.