Our Department

Our Department was founded over 40 years ago and has become one of the largest and most prestigious departments of its type in the world, with more than 45 teaching and research staff, 200 postgraduate and 350 undergraduate students.

We are an open, friendly and cosmopolitan department, with 40% of our students coming from outside the UK and 30% of our undergraduates being mature students.

Find out more about the history of the department.

World-class research

We're in the top ten in the UK for research quality, with more than three-quarters of our research rated 'world-leading' or ' internationally excellent' (REF 2014), and ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings (2017). By joining us you will become part of a large and thriving research community, supported by excellent facilities and surrounded by academics who are leaders in their fields.

Flexible course structures

All of our undergraduate courses offer a wide-ranging choice of modules and have an extremely flexible structure, with the option of changing your course at the end of the first and second years of study if you wish.

Writing the books that other institutions teach from

By studying with us, you will be taught by academics with international reputations in various areas of language study. We are committed to teaching and our staff members have produced some of the leading textbooks in their respective fields. Lists of publications can be found on staff profiles.