Language and Linguistics

Everything starts with language. Language starts here.

Language is fundamental to our thoughts, relationships and cultures.

It's at the heart of every interaction we have with each other. From falling in love, to settling global political disputes, and even posting on social media.

At Essex, we explore this uniquely human phenomenon from every angle - from investigating social perceptions of different accents, to teaching a range of modern languages, researching how children and adults learn new languages, and empowering people from underrepresented communities around the world. 

If you have a global outlook, are interested in human interaction and want real-world practical skills, welcome home.


Our courses

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Learn languages from complete beginner up to mastery level
1st in UK for research impact in modern languages and linguistics (REF 2021)
Only UK university offering MA Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling
Gain a teaching qualification and experience on BA TEFL
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Department of Language and Linguistics for Undergraduate Enquiries University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Department of Language and Linguistics for Postgraduate Enquiries University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, C04 3SQ