Lancaster University

Linguistics with Chinese : BA Hons : Q1T1

Lancaster University
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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Lancaster
Duration 3 Years
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Lancaster
  • Duration:
    3 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available

This three-year degree is provided by our renowned Department of Languages and Cultures and the highly-ranked Department of Linguistics and English Language.
How does language work? Why do we develop accents? Your first year Linguistics module offers a fresh insight into the human mind. Alongside this you’ll learn Mandarin Chinese, spoken by 20% of the world’s population. Learning a language so radically different from English will show you how linguistics works in action. Our core Chinese module is designed to teach absolute beginners how to speak, listen and read this fascinating language. You’ll also study simplified writing characters and Chinese culture.
In your second year you’ll study more advanced Chinese, such as the structure of the language and the intricate grammatical patterns. On the Linguistics side, you’ll find out about structures and sounds of world languages, from Inuit to the clicking languages of South Africa. Further modules include Discourse Analysis and Child Language Acquisition.
Your final year gives you the chance to study a topic in-depth through writing your dissertation. Given the range of expertise within our department, our academics will be able to supervise most topics that fit your interests. There are also modules in Chinese Culture and Society, Cognitive Linguistics, Phonetic and Phonological Theory and others on offer.
We’ll assess your progress through coursework and exams in a caring, friendly atmosphere. You’ll have regular meetings with your academic advisors. The linguistic, communication and interpersonal skills you’ll acquire are highly prized by employers. The Linguistics element of your degree is of professional relevance in many areas, from education to business management, advertising to accountancy. The British Council, Civil and Diplomatic services, MI6, GCHQ, and other international agencies offer many interesting career paths for language graduates.

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Lancaster (Lancashire)
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Lancaster University, LA1 4YW


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· Who is it intended for?

A combined degree that includes a language is highly sought after by employers. The benefit of a degree in Linguistics or English Language with Chinese is the wide choice of careers available to graduates, ranging from accountancy and IT to journalism, advertising and management. It is also valuable in fields where international communication is important, like science, trade and international relations. The language and communication skills gained on this course along with a proficiency in Chinese language and a practical knowledge of China can lead to career destinations in the Civil Service, international trade and banking that operate in or with China. Many of our graduates continue their studies at Lancaster or other institutions and undertake postgraduate studies or professional training in the field of languages or linguistics. Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development.

· Requirements

A Level AAB Required Subjects A level Chinese, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level, AS grade B or A level grade B in another foreign language, or GCSE grade A or 7 in a foreign language. Native Mandarin speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme. IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component.

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What you'll learn on the course

English Language
Chinese Language
Cognitive Linguistics
Communication Training
Language Acquisition
Corporate Communication

Course programme

Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

Year 1


    • Linguistics
    • Part I Chinese (Intensive)


    • English Language
Year 2


    • Chinese Language 2
    • Chinese Language 3
    • Developing Academic Practice
    • Dissertation Preparation
    • Sounds of the World's Languages
    • Structures of the World's Languages


    • Child Language Acquisition
    • Corporate communication
    • Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in Use
    • English Grammar
    • English Phonetics
    • Independent Study
    • Language and Pedagogic Practice
    • Language Origins and Evolution
    • Literacy and Education
    • Stylistics
    • The Language of Advertising
    • Understanding Media
Year 3


    • Chinese Culture and Society
    • Chinese Language 4
    • Cognitive Linguistics
    • Dissertation
    • Topics in Phonetic and Phonological Theory


    • Advanced English Phonetics
    • Corpus-based English Language Studies
    • Forensic Linguistics
    • Language and Identities: Gender, ethnicity and class
    • Language Change in English and Beyond
    • Language in the Workplace: Topics in Professional Communication
    • Language, Culture and Thought
    • Psycholinguistics
    • Schools Volunteering Module

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Additional information

Overseas Fee - £15,680

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