Subject

Linguistics

Everything starts with language. It is fundamental to our thoughts, our relationships, and our civilisations.

Linguistics

You understand language as more than simply a means of communication.

You appreciate how a society is shaped by the language of its people. At Essex we will help you explore not only how language is acquired, but also how it is used in contexts such as the media, the marketplace, courtrooms and conversations. From catching up over a coffee to settling global debates, language is one of humanity’s most powerful tools – we will help you understand it. 

Why study here?
  • You are taught by lecturers internationally recognised for their language research.
  • Be part of our diverse community of students from across the globe – we are the world in one place.
  • We give you the option to study abroad at a partner university of your choice.
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Asha's story

"I didn’t really know what I wanted to do until this year, but now I know I want to go into migration studies and, help refugees and migrants. I’ve been an immigrant twice; I’m Norwegian but I moved to Egypt and then England when I was a kid. I speak four languages, which I think is a tool I can use to help people comfortably integrate and settle into their new country."

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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
Through language we transmit knowledge and communicate with society, from inviting someone for a coffee to settling global political disputes, language is vital.

We are one of the largest language and linguistics departments in the UK, a place where talented students become part of an academic community that undertakes world-leading research. All of our linguistics courses offer expertise and insight, and learn analytical and practical skills that will serve you well throughout life.

Why study here?
  • We’re 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018) .
  • Ranked among the top 150 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019).
  • We offer a wide range of specialisations – study applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics or psycholinguistics with us.
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Angel's story

"I already have my PhD offer here at Essex so I will start probably next year. Not this year because I’m quite tired after my Masters and want to rest, but definitely the PhD is in my plans and after that a post-doc or whatever else comes after. I really love studying and love research and I’m very passionate about linguistics."

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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
We have a large and thriving graduate research community. 

We provide an active and stimulating environment to carry out your doctoral research and offer six routes to a research degree.

Why study here?
  • We’re 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018) .
  • Ranked among the top 150 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019).
  • We offer a wide range of specialisations – study applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics or psycholinguistics with us.
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