Department of Language and Linguistics

Undergraduate study

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Curious about language and the world?

Languages give you access to other countries, people, cultures and conversations. Linguistics teaches you how language is learnt, and used everyday - in the media, work place and with our family and friends.

So, when you study language and linguistics, you open the door to a whole new world.

At Essex, you can tailor your course to your unique interests by choosing from our large range of modules, and by studying up to three languages (no prior knowledge needed).

You also use our great facilities, including state-of-the-art research labs, and you're taught by native or bilingual experts in modern languages and all major branches of linguistics.

If you're ambitious and curious about language and its relationship to the world, welcome to Essex.


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Why choose us?
  • Linguistics at Essex is ranked 13th in the UK for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2020)
  • Ranked top 15 in the UK for linguistics (Complete University Guide 2020)
  • Ranked among the top 150 departments in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2020)
"I feel like studying languages has opened my mind to different cultures. It allows me to travel and build valuable relationships with people from around the world."
Serena Ba Modern languages

The world in one place

Our students come from all over the world to study at Essex. Over 100 different languages are spoken on Campus.

We're at the heart of a University-wide culture of language learning - we give all students the chance to learn languages, so you'll always find someone to practice your language with.

We also regularly hold seminars and workshops delivered by translation and interpreting professionals from all over the world.

How will teaching in the Department of Language and Linguistics be delivered in 2020?

Will COVID-19 change the way my course is taught?

With the exception of some of the laboratory based modules, all of our teaching will be delivered online until Spring term 2021. This means that you can start, or continue, your programme off-campus, wherever you are, with full flexibility to study in a location that suits you.

What will this mean for my learning experience?

For the 2020 academic year, we are focusing on ensuring that we are able to deliver a quality education and that your teaching and learning can continue if there is further disruption. That’s why we’ve been working hard to ensure that our students are able to start online with us in October. The changes we have made to support you and protect your health and wellbeing mean that, for most of our courses, this will include blended learning – with lectures, classes and other teaching taking place online until Spring 2021- with the exception of some of our laboratory based teaching modules. Much of this teaching will be offered “live” (even if online / virtual) but will also be available to access at times that suit you.

We know that your learning experience is about more than just attending classes, and our campuses can provide you with all you need to make the most of your studies. This includes private space to study, in your on-campus study bedrooms as well as in PC labs and other spaces on our three campuses for self-study. We can also offer you access to laptops on loan and access to our library services; as well as enhanced WiFi provision across our campuses.

At the beginning of your time with us, you will also be assigned a personal tutor –a friendly face in the Department with whom you can meet and discuss questions or concerns about your course, your progress, or anything else. They will be in touch with you at regular intervals. We will also continue to offer our weekly academic support hours, which provide you with additional time to speak to your lecturers individually about your studies, work, assessments and feedback. 

What happens if the situation changes before I start or during my time at Essex?

We recognise that some students may have difficulty travelling to campus in time to start the academic year. If for any reason you are unable to travel to campus to start the academic year, all teaching will be available virtually. This means that you can start, or continue, your programme off-campus, wherever you are, with full flexibility to transfer to on-campus learning as soon as you are able to. All of our modules are designed to support you to continue learning and still be able to access one-to-one consultation and guidance that you would normally get from the lecturers on your course, if further outbreaks of infection occur during the year. This means you can join us in full confidence that you can continue and complete your programme of study.

There is lots of helpful information about starting at Essex in our guide for applicants should you have any questions, feel uncertain about something in particular, or, would like up to date information on specific topics if your situation changes. In this guide you will also find specific information which relates to non-UK nationals planning to travel to Essex from abroad.

What will my broader student experience be like?

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to interact online or face-to-face, with members of the Department and with your peers. In addition to your academic programme, we will also be hosting a range of diverse social events, including everything from film clubs, to book groups and Language Cafes.

We have been working in partnership with our Students’ Union to ensure that you can enjoy our clubs, societies, activities and services. We have built in flexibility to enable you to access support and activities, and to shape your experience around your life. To learn more about the range of events Essex will be hosting, please visit our events calendar. To stay up to date with the very latest guidance on how to visit your campus, view our coming onto campus guide.

How will the University support me during this time?

The health and wellbeing of our students is our priority, and this has been one of the focuses to ensure that you can start your studies safely on campus.

This means we are constantly monitoring advice from the UK Government, Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the World Health Organisation.

To protect our community on campus once the academic year starts again in October, we will be looking to introduce the following measures:

  • Enhanced cleaning and sterilising regimes
  • Social distancing in line with international guidance
  • Signage and floor markings in key locations to help you move around our campuses safely

We’re asking you to wear face coverings in all public campus areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain or in specifically designated locations. We’ll be supporting you by giving two washable face coverings to all students.

There is a number of support systems available to you whilst you are at Essex, for whenever you need them and for however long you wish to use them. These include:

The University also runs a variety of online events throughout the year including at-home yoga and mindfulness sessions. To find out more about the network of support you will benefit from during your time at Essex, please visit the Student Directory.

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