This section provides an outline of the content of this Linguistics BA (Hons) course. Each year you'll study a series of modules, some of these are compulsory and others can be selected from a range of optional modules.
You take six modules totalling 120 credits, including the compulsory Linguistics modules below.
- Introduction to Language: how to be a linguist; the different subfields of linguistics; introduce basic linguistic terminology; academic skills.
- Describing Language: sound structure of language and using the IPA; word structure (morphology); sentence structure (syntax); metaphor and meaning.
- Language Development & Language and Mind: how children acquire and learn languages; the origins of language; how the human brain understands and processes language.
Years 2 and 3
In each of these years you take six 20-credit modules. In the second year some modules will be compulsory, and will include in-depth modules e.g. on phonology, syntax, semantics, and bilingualism.
In the third year you will have a freer choice of modules, and you will be required to complete a dissertation study on a linguistic topic of your choice as one of your modules. Third year modules can include topics such as:
- Language Contact and Bilingualism
- Language Processing
- Speech and Language Disorders
- Forensic Linguistics
- The Bilingual Mind
- Metaphor and Thought
- Language, Culture and Power
- Welsh Linguistics (English-medium)
There are also Welsh-medium modules available as options in the second and third year. If you take Linguistics as a joint degree, you will take half of your modules from Linguistics and the other half from another School.
Module choices may vary from year to year.
Modules our students are currently studying...
If you'd like a closer look at the content of the modules our current students are studying this year please click on the links below;
Linguistics degree (BA/LING)
* Please note that due to the dynamic nature of our degree programmes specific topics of study/modules are occasionally subject to change.
Please also note that some degree programmes have placements or study periods in other institutions, and during those years no module content is listed.