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Language and Linguistics

University of Aberdeen

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Language and Linguistics at Aberdeen is the fascinating exploration of human language and how speech evolved, creating a bridge between sound and meaning. You will study the ways in which we acquire languages as children and adults, how languages vary and change over time and gain the knowledge and skills to open up a wide variety of careers.

Language is the very essence of what makes us human, setting us apart from all other species. Linguistics helps us analyse, discuss and model this fascinating human attribute so that we understand ourselves and human societies more fully.

You will explore how languages evolve over time, how the brain processes speech and language, social factors and different dialects of English, how we learn second languages and much more.

This is a fast-moving field. Our understanding of language grows all the time with new discoveries in neuroscience, animal behaviour, archaeology and palaeontology, sociology and psychology and new applications of linguistics theory in industry, medicine, and forensic science emerge year on year.

The knowledge and skills you’ll develop will make you very attractive to employers, especially if you choose a career in the media, advertising and marketing, information and communication technology, publishing, language teaching and health-related professions such as speech and language therapy or work with blind or deaf people.

You will enjoy all the benefits of learning and living in our friendly and vibrant international community, on our beautiful campus with great facilities for learning, sports and leisure and many opportunities to develop the extra skills to boost your employability and to broaden your horizons through studying abroad.

Language and Linguistics at Aberdeen is the fascinating exploration of human language and how speech evolved, creating a bridge between sound and meaning. You will study the ways in which we acquire languages as children and adults, how languages vary and change over time and gain the knowledge and skills to open up a wide variety of careers. Language is the very essence of what...

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Course Content

Language and Linguistics at Aberdeen takes a holistic approach to the subject and you will study a diverse range of courses throughout the programme. You will develop excellent analytical and communication skills that will help you prepare for a wide variety of careers. Some of the courses on offer include Communication and Language in Contemporary Society, Lexis and Semantics, Morphology and Syntax, Philosophy of Language, Discourse Analysis, Sociophonetics and The Sociology of Language.

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Language & Literature (AW1008)

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

English Structure and use (LN1003) - 15 Credit Points

English Past and Present (LN1502) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select further credit points from courses of choice to reach 120 credit points.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Language in Society (LN2508) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select further credit points from courses of choice to reach 120 credit points.

  • Year 3

Optional Courses

Select 120 credits of which 90 must be from available Language and Linguistics courses at Level 3.

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Dissertation in Language and Linguistics (LN4012) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 90 credits from available Language and Linguistics courses at level 4 (30 can be from level 3).

Language and Linguistics at Aberdeen takes a holistic approach to the subject and you will study a diverse range of courses throughout the programme. You will develop excellent analytical and communication skills that will help you prepare for a wide variety of careers. Some of the courses on offer include Communication and Language in Contemporary Society, Lexis and Semantics, Morphology and...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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King's College Aberdeen

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course. Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course. Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
100%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
100% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
100% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
87% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
87% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
100% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
100% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
87% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
100% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
100% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
80% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
87% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
93% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
93% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
53% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
100% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
87% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
87% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
100% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
87% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
100% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
80% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
87% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
100% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
87% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
60% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
8% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

Did not participate.

Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points112

  • Employment Rate95%

  • Average Graduate Salary£18000

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