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BA Hons Linguistics and Psychology

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Psychology
UCAS Code: CQ81 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Psychology Director of Studies: Professor SG Condor
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • There are strong and long standing academic and professional links between Linguistics and Psychology. Language is the most distinctively human of all human cognitive faculties. The interdisciplinary sub-discipline of psycholinguistics which studies language acquisition and language processing brings together researchers in the two disciplines. This degree scheme not only gives students the opportunity of exploring the academic aspects of language and the mind but also prepares our graduates for careers such as Speech and Language Therapy and Cognitive Science which draw on the two disciplines.


    Linguistics component:

    The Department of Linguistics and English Language has an outstanding reputation as a centre of excellence in teaching and broad based research in the fields of theoretical and applied linguistics as well as English language studies. The Department aims to provide all students with high quality teaching, drawing on its excellence in scholarship and research. Teaching and learning are based on a wide-ranging understanding of the discipline. 


    The overall teaching and learning aims of this programme are:


    To offer high quality teaching, informed by staff research, which helps students realise their creative and academic potential, whether they are studying for personal development, further study, or employment in a broad range of areas;


    To develop student's subject specific, cognitive, and transferable skills through a variety of learning environments and modes of assessment;


    To develop students’ understanding of the scientific method (including notions such as replicability and falsifiability) and its place within Linguistics;


    To enable students to engage not only with narrowly theoretical debates about linguistics but also with debates about language in the wider context of cognition, education, foreign language learning and teaching, literature, contemporary society, and so on;


    To encourage students in thinking critically and independently about theoretical as well as applied linguistic issues;


    To equip students to engage with a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives within linguistics and to be able to apply their general understanding to real world examples;


    To generate a broad understanding of the range of linguistic areas of investigation by offering a wide range of substantive topics from which students can choose;  


    To provide students additionally with an understanding of the structure of the language;


    To develop a range of analytical skills appropriate for the study of different aspects of language;


    To provide a general appreciation of the socially constituted and embedded nature of linguistic practices and institutions;


    To develop a lasting fascination with the nature of language, its place in the mind, and its place in human society;


    To enhance student internationalisation and employability;


    To students realise their creative and academic potential.

    Psychology component:

    Psychology is an empirical science that aims to understand how and why humans and non-human animals act in the ways they do. The discipline spans studies of basic neural mechanisms to analyses of complex human relationships. Psychology's methods of enquiry have developed from philosophy, biology and other natural, social and mathematical sciences. Psychology is a broad subject area that attempts to analyse and explain behaviour in a systematic, reproducible way. There is a strong emphasis on the relationship between theory and empirical data, with results that have applications in education, health, industry and commerce and other situations.



    Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    In sum, the degree aims to:


    Offer students a thorough grounding in key areas of contemporary psychology.


    Provide students with the opportunity to study in depth important areas of psychology that are taught by staff who are research active in those areas.


    Offer students a range of different learning environments and forms of assessment.


    Enable students to formulate, investigate, analyse and evaluate psychological questions.


    Give students the opportunity to acquire the intellectual and practical skills required for postgraduate study in psychology.



    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    Develop numeracy and analytic skills that can contribute to success in a range of future careers.


    Develop students' skills when communicating in different formats, such as written reports and reviews, essays, posters, press releases, and oral presentations, and to communicate more effectively in general.


    Enhance students' ability to work as part of a group on different kinds of problems.


    Improve students' organisation of their time and their ability to work and learn independently.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The Linguistics elements of the combined degree contain extensive training in the empirical, analytical and critical techniques used for the study of all aspects of human language. The Psychology element of the degree inculcates a high level of argument, quantitative skills and rigorous analytical abilities within that subjects traditional frame of reference.




    Subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills


    On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:




    Demonstrate an understanding of the central concepts in linguistic theory and analysis and their application to the description of the structures of the world’s languages;




    Think critically and independently about linguistics, accessing and analysing relevant data and applying relevant theories and methodologies;




    Demonstrate general computer literacy, and where appropriate, specific computer skills relating to a sub-discipline such as phonetics or corpus linguistics;




    Demonstrate a good grasp of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods appropriate for carrying out investigations in at least one area of language study;




    Demonstrate an ability to link theoretical and methodological issues with substantive areas of linguistic inquiry.






    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    On successful completion of this scheme of study, students will be able to:




    Summarise and compare conceptually based theoretical arguments;




    Assimilate, summarise and critically analyse information from taught material and independent reading;




    Communicate ideas to others, make presentations based on prepared material and participate effectively in small group discussions




    Employ library and IT resources effectively in the preparation of written work;




    Work independently and carry out independent research under supervision and guidance; 




    Work as part of a team;




    Manage their time effectively;




    Understand the status of empirical evidence and be able to demonstrate an understanding of different methodologies. 


    Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    Graduates with Honours will be able to:


    Demonstrate knowledge of key theories, findings and methods in core areas of psychology including cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and appropriate contemporary forms of data analysis.


    Describe and evaluate diverse psychological methods, theories, and evidence.


    Generate, explore, and develop hypotheses and research questions.


    Carry out empirical studies drawing on a variety of psychological methods


    Use quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse data from psychological investigations.


    Present and evaluate research findings.


    Plan, conduct and report a substantial piece of independent empirical research including: defining a research problem, formulating testable predictions, choosing appropriate methods, planning and conducting data gathering, demonstrating an awareness of the ethical issues and codes of ethics, evaluating data, and producing a professional report.


    Employ evidence-based reasoning when presenting, interpreting and evaluating psychological research.


    Use some psychological tools such as experimental software and psychometric instruments.


    Discuss primary research literatures in currently active areas of psychological research.



    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    Graduates with Honours will be able to:


    Communicate effectively orally, graphically, and in writing.


    Interpret and use both quantitative and qualitative data effectively.


    Critically interrogate data, ideas, and the relationships between them.


    Use standard computer packages including at least one statistical package.


    Demonstrate the ability to plan their work, meet deadlines and manage their time effectively.


    Problem-solve including identifying and posing problems, considering alternative solutions and evaluating outcomes.


    Learn independently including the ability to seek out, retrieve, analyse and synthesise information.


    Engage in effective teamwork showing sensitivity to contextual and interpersonal factors.

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