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
We are an open, friendly and cosmopolitan department, with 40% of our
students coming from outside the UK and 30% of our undergraduates being
out more about the history of the department.
We're in the top ten in the UK for
research quality, with more than three-quarters of our research rated 'world-leading'
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
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