Why study Linguistics with Portuguese at Warwick?
- A degree in Linguistics with a modern language allows you to develop a strong understanding of how language works alongside competencies in intercultural communication, and research and professional skills. In today’s globalised world, being able to speak another language and be sensitive to cultural differences are attributes that are highly sought after by employers.
- You will be taught by world-leading experts in Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Intercultural Communication and Modern Languages. We have expertise in all areas that underpin the programme and are engaged in a wide range of research and consultancy work.
- Our flexible programme allows you to follow your interests through a range of option modules in your second and third years which will help you in choosing a future career. You also have the opportunity to spend a year abroad and improve your language skills, enabling you to take advantage of some of the Centre’s strategic partnerships and relationships in Australia, China and various countries in Europe through Erasmus+.
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
Centre for Applied Linguistics student
What will I learn?
This course enables you to pursue your interest in language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and intercultural communication while developing your language skills and cultural understanding. You will spend 75% of your time on Linguistics and 25% of your time studying your modern language.
Within the Centre for Applied Linguistics, you’ll learn how language is structured (syntax), how we use it to construct meaning (semantics), how context contributes to meaning (pragmatics) and the part that sounds and sound patterns play (phonetics and phonology). You’ll also have the chance to explore examples from different cultural, historical and linguistic contexts and to develop practical analytical skills. Modules taken in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures will develop your language skills and allow you to learn more about the culture, history and society of your chosen country/language.
In your first year, a core module on Language in Society gives you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity. You’ll also study issues related to language and media, politics and education. Second-year modules will further develop your skills and knowledge of language, and the tools which enable you to collect data about language use.
You’ll also explore topics including the social contexts of language, how we acquire language, cultural differences, and intercultural communication in international professional contexts. In your final year you can pursue a research project and you’ll have the opportunity to choose some module options that match your own academic interests.
How will I learn?
You will typically study four to six modules per year and you will have at least 3 hours contact time per week for each module. This will take the form of lectures, seminars of about 15 students in which you will discuss the lecture topic with the module tutor, and both written and spoken language classes. You will spend independent study time preparing for classes, reading primary texts and writing essays. Additional online materials are available and there will be various events and activities to further enhance your learning. Your own personal tutor will provide additional learning and pastoral support throughout your degree.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will take the form of both coursework and examination. Coursework will include essays, reports, data analysis, oral presentations, mini-projects and a final-year dissertation based on your own research.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
If you wish to spend a year abroad (which we thoroughly recommend), this will take place in your third year, meaning that you will complete your degree in four years instead of three. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities.
The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Study Abroad Co-ordinator in your department can provide more specific information and assistance. If you prefer to organise a work placement for yourself, we will support you in this as much as we can.
A level AAB
International Baccalaureate 36 points
We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit www.warwick.ac.uk/ifp.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Essential Subjects Although A-levels (or equivalent) in your chosen language are not a requirement, some evidence of language learning ability (e.g. GSCE) is desirable.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days All applicants who have been made an offer will be invited to an Open Day in June
UCAS Code Q2R5 (with year abroad), Q1R5 (without year abroad)
What modules can I study?
Your first year modules will include Culture, Cognition and Society, Linguistics: Understanding Language, Language in Society, Research, Academic and Professional Skills and your chosen language in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
Year Two offers modules such as Culture and Interpersonal Relations, Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research, Intercultural Business Communication, and your chosen language in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
In your final year you will take the Dissertation module. You can also choose from a range of option modules alongside your chosen language in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in Linguistics with Portuguese lead to?
Applied Linguistics is relevant to a range of exciting careers including international business, management and consulting, public relations and human resources, diplomatic service, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and aid agencies, education – teaching and research, healthcare and medical companies, manufacturing industries, editing and publishing, public sector organisations and university international offices.
Studying linguistics in combination with languages can open relevant career opportunities including translation, interpreting, journalism, language teaching, public relations, policy and political advisor, publishing and editing, and consular services and roles.
Our Language Culture and Communication degree was launched in 2014 and our Linguistics with modern languages courses were launched in 2016, so we do not have current data on graduate destinations. This will be published on our website as soon as it becomes available.
A level: AAB
IB: 36 points
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Centre for Applied Linguistics
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.