Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
You will be introduced to the descriptive aspects of English such as its phonology (sound system), morphology (word formation) and grammar in the ‘Sounds, Structures and Words’ module and will examine some of the key theoretical approaches to language study in ‘Theories of Language’. In your other core modules you will be introduced to applied linguistics, develop your own writing and begin to explore ways of doing research into English language: ‘Applied Linguistics’, ‘The Practice of Writing’ and ‘Investigating Language’. You will also take a Widening Horizons Module.
Detailed descriptions of BA English Language first year modules
Building on your first-year work, the core module English Grammar will provide you with a thorough grounding in technical aspects of the language. You will also take a ‘Research Skills in English Language’ module in which you will develop your group and individual research skills. Your other four modules will be optional.
Detailed descriptions of BA English Language second year modules
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
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The core element of your final year is a research project, either as a 6,000 word Language Investigation or a 12,000 word Dissertation, in which you will carry out research in an area of your choosing with staff supervision. Your other final year modules will be optional.
Detailed descriptions of BA English Language final year modules