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Linguistics is the systematic study of human language. Linguists explore how we communicate using language and how languages are structured.

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Find out about studying Linguistics from the Department Website and in the University Undergraduate Prospectus.


Linguistics at Wolfson

Part of the appeal of studying linguistics is that it draws on methods and knowledge from an unusually wide range of subjects. For instance, the study of meaning draws on work by philosophers, whereas the part of our course concentrating on the sounds of speech takes place in our phonetics laboratory. Here computers are used to display and analyse the speech signal using methods from physics and engineering. This variety is what makes linguistics fascinating: one day you might be poring over a medieval text for evidence of how the grammar of a language has changed, and the next, learning about how the larynx creates sound energy for speech.

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Admissions Information

The University's entry requirements for Linguistics can be found here.



The main requirement for studying Linguistics is a lively curiosity about the nature of language.



Linguistics is interdisciplinary so specific A level subjects are not required. We welcome applicants with an outstanding academic profile, whether science-oriented or arts-centered. However, some formal study of language, either through learning languages or through English Language A level, does serve as a good preparation.


Written Work, Assessment and Interviews

Applicants are required to submit two pieces of written work by 3rd November. This should be in a related discipline which the candidate is studying or has studied.

Those interviewed will also sit a written assessment around the time of the interview. The written test lasts one hour.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to be interviewed in December. There will be one or two interviews (in total lasting 40-50 minutes) which will be conducted online via Zoom.