Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Linguistic Studies

Why is human language unique, and unlike any other natural communication system? How do children learn their first language? Do women and men speak differently? Are some forms of English better than others? Why does language change through time? Linguistics seeks to provide answers to questions such as those above, and many others. As the science of language, linguistics studies everything to do with language, including how language is structured, how it develops in children, the ways in which it reflects society and culture, how it defines individuals and groups, and how it changes over time. If you find these questions interesting, then you will enjoy studying linguistics. This programme offers the opportunity for those who do not have a BA second-class honours degree in a relevant subject to gain an understanding of the social, interpersonal and psychological aspects of human language and communication systems, and to enhance their academic skills in linguistics. It provides training in aspects of both theory and practice in the field of linguistics, language and communication.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules (worth 30 credits each), which are designed to ensure a good coverage of the curriculum and the full range of learning outcomes. To find out more, read our programme handbook. Core modules: Analysing Language Structure and Use (level 6); Approaches to Language (Level 6) .

Assessment methods

Typical assessments include coursework essays of approximately 3500-4000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2018 - 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
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