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Linguistics and English Language

Careers and employability

As a Linguistics and English Language student you will develop analytical and problem solving skills.

You will acquire key transferable skills in data capture and analysis, interpretation, critical thinking, and attention to form and detail.

Your knowledge and scientific understanding will allow you to make connections across multiple fields of employment.

Career paths

Did you know?

94% of University of Manchester graduates are working or studying after six months.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey - 2016

A linguistics degree from Manchester will open up multiple paths; from business and industry to finance.

  • Many of our graduates work in specialist fields like speech and language therapy, lexicography, translation, forensic linguistics, and teaching English as a first or foreign language. 
  • You will leave with excellent communication skills which make you a strong contender for careers in management, media, PR, advertising, marketing and banking.  
  • Our graduates have pursued successful careers at The Guardian, PricewaterhouseCoopers, L'Oreal, Universal Music Group, and Vodafone.

Some graduates have opted for postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers or teachers.

I was given complete control over my work and I was encouraged to be creative. I was met with so many opportunities for research experience, as well as being taught highly-technical and practical skills in my lectures. My experience with the department was amazing, and I consider it an absolute privilege to have studied Linguistics at The University of Manchester.

Louise Middleton / BA (Hons) Linguistics alumna