Everything starts with language

It is fundamental to our thought, our relationships and our civilisations. Study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree 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

  • Modern languages top 10 for student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
  • 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

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All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.

Master interpreting

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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.