This course offers a coherent but varied range of topics, allowing you to specialise within areas such as historic linguistics or sociolinguistics whilst exploring other areas of the English language. In the first academic year, you are introduced to many of the key concepts and skills that are required throughout the degree. In particular, the three Understanding Language modules provide you with the analytic building blocks for language study. The second academic year moves you beyond the concepts and tools learned in the first year as you begin to apply these to language and discourse within the world around you, to both historic and contemporary texts. You are increasingly expected to work with real data, as collected by you. In the final academic year, you are able to specialise if you wish to and are encouraged to develop your own research interests. This culminates in an extended piece of work, either a dissertation or an independent project.