Everything starts with language

It is fundamental to our thought, our relationships and our civilisations. Study for an undergraduate or postgraduate course in language and linguistics and open the door to a whole new world.

We are one of the largest and most prestigious language and linguistics departments in the world. You'll become part of an academic community that undertakes world-leading research. Your lecturers are internationally renowned. Their books figure prominently on reading lists at other universities.

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome home.

Why we are unique

  • 83% student satisfaction (NSS 2015)
  • Top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014)
  • Ranked among the top 150 departments on the planet according to the QS World Rankings 2016
  • All languages taught by native or bi-lingual teachers
  • Internationally-recognised textbooks by our academics

Learn languages

Language study

All our students can learn languages and there are a number of ways for you to do it at Essex. We’ll help you to develop new language skills and get an edge in the graduate job market.

Master interpreting

student in interpreting lab

Our new interpreting training lab gives you the tools to become an expert in conference interpreting. We also have a lab to interpret lectures of up to 350 people. These are the only labs of their kind in East Anglia.

New centre


Internationally renowned researchers in our Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi) merge theories and methodologies from psychology, cognitive science, sociolinguistics and education.