Welcome to Linguistics
We are ranked 9th in the world for Linguistics in the International QS rankings for 2014 (up from 10th in 2013). Our specialisms include Corpus Linguistics; Discourse Studies; Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Literacy Studies and many others. Over 70% of our undergraduate students attain a graduate level position 6 months after graduating. We offer many popular postgraduate programmes, onsite and distance.
MA Language Testing student wins BALEAP dissertation award
Congratulations to MA in Language Testing student Nikolay Gochev who has won the BALEAP Masters dissertation award for his research looking into the criterion-related validity of different second language performance assessments in a university pathway programme.
Our department is pleased to announce a free online learning course on 'Dyslexia and language teaching'starting 20th April 2015. This exciting new course is offered by Lancaster University in cooperation with FutureLearn and takes place over four weeks entirely online.
Evelyn Sample, who completed her MA within Lancaster's TESOL programme in Hong Kong under supervision of Marije Michel, has published an article based on her MA dissertation. Evelyn's article explored the effects of task repetition on young learner's complexity, accuracy and fluency (CAF) in English as a foreign language (EFL)
3rd for Research Power in the REF
In the 2014 REF, Linguistics was submitted with English Literature and Modern Languages, the fourth largest unit in the sub-panel, and the only submission with equally large language and literature departments. The group was rated 3rd of 88 English Language and Literature submissions for Research Power (that is, the average score times the number of staff submitted).
For full details see English Language and Literature REF 2014
In the forthcoming issue of Discourse & Society, our PhD candidate Sten Hansson proposes a novel way of analysing how governments use language to avoid receiving blame.
MA & PhD bursaries available for
study in October 2015
The Department of Linguistics and English Lancaster is happy to announce that we have the a number of fees-only bursaries available for students joining us in October 2015.
The deadline for applications is 20 March 2015.
Department ranked top 10 in the world for 2nd year running
The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University has been ranked as 9th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2014 rankings (QS 2014). This is up one place from 10th last year and reflects our world-class standing.
For the last forty years, we have been known for cutting-edge empirically-based theoretical and applied research in a wide range of research areas. We constantly strive to make links with potential users of our work. One of our latest developments is the £3.5million ESRC funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science.
The 2015 Complete University Guide ranks us 3rd in the UK for Linguistics. We are committed to high quality teaching - we like our students to have access to our research through our courses. New ideas and developments feed directly into what our students learn. Some of our staff have received awards for teaching and we constantly strive to improve.
English Language and Literature at Lancaster 3rd for Research Power in the REF
In the 2014 REF, Linguistics was submitted with English Literature and Modern Languages. The group was rated 3rd of 88 English Language and Literature submissions for Research Power (average score times the number of staff submitted). It was ranked joint 3rd for Research Environment and 7th for impact, with 4 out of 6 cases rated 4*. This large group had 40% of its work rated 4*. The REF shows that almost all our staff both teach and do internationally-recognised research.
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