Minor in English Language

UCAS code: Your UCAS code will be the code of your Major.

Available for students starting in September 2019.

By choosing English Language as a Minor, you will study the key frameworks for describing English, and a range of approaches for studying language use. You will learn about the historical aspects of language development and how language use varies across social and cultural contexts, and choose from a range of specialist modules covering topics such as language and identity, present-day varieties of English, multilingualism and multiculturalism, place names, and more.

Year 1

In your first year you will study how contemporary English varies in speech, writing and online contexts, and examine attitudes to language use. You will learn how to describe sounds and grammatical structures of English and will gain skills in collecting linguistic data for analysis.


Year 2

In your second year you will study the historical and social variation in the English language in more detail. You will study the language of Old English through a range of literary texts, such as 'Beowulf' and the lives of Old English Saints. In Sociolinguistics, you will be introduced to a range of contemporary approaches to studying how speakers vary their language according to their identity and who they are talking with.


Year 3

In your final year you will study two specialist modules from a range of options. Each of these modules will give you experience of carrying out fieldwork or independent research in a specialised area, such as investigating how place names have evolved over time.


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Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this minor.


You will be assessed through exams, essays, presentations, portfolios and independent research projects.

Now choose your Major

On a Major/Minor degree you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (in this case English Language).

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