BA Joint Honours English and Linguistics (UCAS Code: QQ31)
For entrance requirements
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For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click hereBack to top
Linguistics encompasses the study of language structure and function in all its varieties, including the day-to-day use of the language and the major influences which have shaped it over the last millennium and a half.Back to top
Our degree programmes in Linguistics allow students to develop and refine their work in language study, following on from one language-specific module at Stage 1 English. Stage 2 modules introduce key methods in linguistic description and analysis, while the Stage 3 options allow students to pursue their own particular interests within designated areas.
History of English: Studying Language Change
The English Language: Language and Power
The English Language: Patterns of Spoken English
Language and Narrative Style
Language in the Media
Dissertation on an English language topic
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.
On the English and Linguistics degree programme we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Assessment (general): The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Studying for an English and Linguistics degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including English.
The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, BBC Northern Ireland who provide sponsorship for our course in Broadcast Literacy (currently offered at postgraduate level but soon to be offered at undergraduate level also).
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:
The Prospects website provides further information concerning the types of jobs that attract English graduates.
Further study is also an option open to English graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics. These are shown within the School website.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Facilities: the School of English provides a wealth of facilities for Linguistics students, including dedicated resources for the analysis of speech and computational tools for text and corpus-based studies.
Research-led Teaching: our participation in national and international research work on speech and language varieties enables students to avail of large-scale data collections and current analytic techniques.Back to top