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. This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level (worth 60, 90 or 120 credits). Highlights - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. - The Birkbeck Applied Linguistics Society, an official University of London society, was formed to bring together students interested in applied linguistics and related fields (for example multilingualism, intercultural communication and TESOL) in the London area. - Birkbeck's Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research hosts visiting scholars from all over the world and runs regular research seminars given by speakers from overseas and other UK institutions. The centre also supports postgraduate training in applied linguistics, bilingualism, intercultural communication and translation. - Read a blog post by Professor Penelope Gardner-Chloros that considers what linguistics is.

Entry requirements

Graduate Certificate: BA degree or equivalent; other qualifications may be considered, if you have relevant professional/personal experience.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

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

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 5,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Telephone number: 
02076316499