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Linguistics

Impatient to explore how language shapes societies? 

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?
  • We are 1st in the UK for research impact in modern languages and linguistics (Grade Point Average, Research Excellence Framework 2021)

  • 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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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?
  • You are taught by lecturers internationally recognised for their language research.
  • Ranked 11th in the UK for Linguistics in the QS World University Rankings by subject (2022).
  • 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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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?
  • You are taught by lecturers internationally recognised for their language research.
  • Our Linguistics Department is ranked among the top 150 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2022).
  • We offer a wide range of specialisations – study applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics or psycholinguistics with us.
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