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Linguistics and English Language

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Why study here?

Explore the ways in which English dialects differ, how children learn language, how languages arise, how they change and so much more.

Did you know?

92% of our BA Linguistics and Sociology students said that they were satisfied with the quality of their course.

(National Student Survey 2015)

Linguistics is the ideal subject for analytical minds. You will delve into the science of language - an everyday phenomenon which impacts our lives on an individual and a global scale. English Language covers the history of the English language and the variation between English dialects in the UK and further afield.

Linguistics and English Language at The University of Manchester is unrivalled in its exceptional breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches.


  • Access cutting-edge resources, including one of the largest holdings of linguistics texts in the UK.
  • Conduct research using English manuscripts held in our prestigious Special Collections.
  • Work in close collaboration with internationally renowned experts. 
  • Conduct fieldwork and analyse linguistic corpora.
  • Study in the most linguistically diverse city in Western Europe – home to over 150 languages.
  • Specialist master's exploring the full breadth and depth of linguistic theory.

More about Linguistics and English Language 

Watch the video below and find out more about Linguistics and English Language from the staff and students directly.

Except for a few compulsory modules, the course design is really flexible, and you can therefore pick the modules which interest you most, ranging from studying the old English language to the different dialects of English in the UK today.

Alex Flowers / BA (Hons) English Language