Linguistic Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Year of Entry

2017

Start date

October 2017

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

1 year part-time

Attendance

2 evenings a week, October to April

Why is human language unique, and unlike any other natural communication system? How do children learn their first language? Do women and men speak differently? Are some forms of English better than others? Why does language change through time?

Linguistics seeks to provide answers to questions such as those above, and many others. As the science of language, linguistics studies everything to do with language, including how language is structured, how it develops in children, the ways in which it reflects society and culture, how it defines individuals and groups, and how it changes over time. If you find these questions interesting, then you will enjoy studying linguistics.

This programme offers the opportunity for those who do not have a BA second-class honours degree in a relevant subject to gain an understanding of the social, interpersonal and psychological aspects of human language and communication systems, and to enhance their academic skills in linguistics. It provides training in aspects of both theory and practice in the field of linguistics, language and communication.

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Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Prepare for further postgraduate study at Master’s level if you have a degree in another subject.
  • Raise your communicative awareness and competence, and gain knowledge of theories and models of human, social and interpersonal communication.
  • Develop skills necessary to proceed to careers in various fields related to linguistics, languages and communication.
  • The Birkbeck Applied Linguistics Society, an official University of London society, was formed to bring together students interested in applied linguistics and related fields (for example multilingualism, intercultural communication and TESOL) in the London area.
  • Birkbeck’s Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research hosts visiting scholars from all over the world and runs regular research seminars given by speakers from overseas and other UK institutions. The centre also supports postgraduate training in applied linguistics, bilingualism, intercultural communication and translation.
  • Read a blog post by Professor Penelope Gardner-Chloros that considers what linguistics is.
  • Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.
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Course structure

You take two core modules (worth 30 credits each), which are designed to ensure a good coverage of the curriculum and the full range of learning outcomes.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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Sample timetable

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