Are you fascinated by words and speech, or how and why we communicate the way we do? Discover our career-focused range of courses created to help you flourish in an increasingly interconnected world.
Like us, you understand that language touches everything we do - from defining our cultural identity to shaping our personalities, thoughts, and emotions. A world without language would be unrecognisable.
So, if you want to deepen your understanding of communication and shape your connection to others and the world, we welcome you.
Studying language or linguistics can open the door to a world of possibilities and a broad range of fascinating careers. At Essex, we don't simply ask you to choose between French or Spanish - we want you to start imagining your future from day one of your degree.
That's why we have collated our courses into three areas of expertise from which you can choose. Let us introduce you to three fascinating applications for your studies, and discover how a degree from the Department of Language and Linguistics can shape your future.
Are you ready to join the next generation of communicators, mediators, researchers and language technologists?
You probably see the world a little differently - and so do we! If you love working with puzzles, cracking codes and identifying patterns where others wouldn't think to look, you will feel at home with us.
We welcome you to join a caring and kind community for like-minded and creative individuals who share our fascination for language and a desire to make a difference.
"When you step into our Department, you will find a caring and supportive home. As pioneers of our families' University journeys, we treasure nurturing young potential. We eagerly await your arrival to our diverse and international community."
"Essex fulfilled my expectations as a student and definitely opened multiple horizons. The Department of Languages and Linguistics helped me to discover current world affairs, learn two languages, spend a month abroad in Europe and set up a language learning project. I am looking forward to utilising my new skills in public service and international affairs."
"Uni helped me discover my goal. Before I graduated I found myself in a translation role. I attribute this to the life experience and support I received from this Department - the year abroad, the constant support and the close teacher-student relationship gave me much more than just a degree."
"Language and Linguistics have helped me develop a skill set and a quality of work I didn't know I was capable of. The Department is really friendly, and all my lecturers have been there when I've needed them. I hope to come back to Essex to get my PhD in the field of conversation analysis."
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"The Department of Language and Linguistics is like my intellectual family; a place and people that gave me the tools to strengthen my voice, be bold, and pursue research paths that to some would be too risky to take."