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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

  • Educational Aims


    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.



    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.




    A necessary aim of the Lancaster degree programme is to provide knowledge of psychology that goes beyond the depth and breadth of the Qualifying Examination (QE) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). The accreditation of psychology degrees by the BPS is based upon a comparison of the degree scheme with the Societys QE syllabus (see Regulations and Reading Lists for the QE 2002. BPS: Leicester). This syllabus outlines necessary knowledge and skills in core areas of psychology. Degrees are accredited as providing the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) as a Chartered Psychologist and any student wishing to continue training as a Chartered Psychologist requires GBR.


    Further Educational Aims:

      to give students the opportunity to develop the necessary academic and practical skills to allow them to progress to postgraduate study in psychology.

      to encourage students to adopt a critical approach to the subject of psychology.

      to enable students to appreciate the wider context of their specialist knowledge and methodology and the potential applications of their knowledge and skills in their future employment.

      to encourage the development of transferable skills including the ability to learn independently, understand complex problems and communicate what has been learned to others?.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Intended Learning Outcomes


    The programme specifications and outcomes for the Linguistics degree and Psychology degree apply to the joint degree in Linguistics and Psychology.


    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. 



    Knowledge and Understanding of:

    • concepts and research methods in Cognitive Psychology.
    • the theory, methods and key empirical findings of Physiological Psychology.
    • an advanced understanding of some of the key topics in Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology.
    • theory and research in a number of core areas of Social Psychology.
    • current theoretical issues and research findings in Developmental Psychology.
    • an awareness of key Conceptual issues in psychology and the history of psychology.
    • basic techniques of psychological research methodology and the statistical analysis of data collected in psychological research.


    Intellectual Skills able to:

    • obtain, synthesise and critically evaluate information.
    • interpret and evaluate psychological reports.
    • analyse and interpret psychological data using a range of techniques.
    • plan, conduct, analyse and report a substantial investigation.
    • apply psychological principles and methodologies to seek the solution of problems.


    Practical skills able to:

    • use appropriate statistical packages to analyse data collected in psychological investigations.
    • report investigations in conventional professional formats.
    • use appropriate computer packages and other equipment for the control of psychological investigations.
    • retrieve information from bibliographic sources.


    Transferable skills able to:

              use information technology to present reports.

              use information technology to find relevant information.

              demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills

              design and prepare projects

              work independently or as part of a team developing skills of group participation.

              assess the relevance and importance of the ideas of others.

              manage time effectively and work to deadlines.



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