Gain a broadly-based training in linguistics and phonetics together with the opportunity to explore other themes, such as language acquisition and language processing. UCL is known worldwide for its teaching and research in linguistics; the work of our staff appears in internationally acclaimed journals and books and feedback from students in recent national surveys shows 100% were statisfied with the degree programme. Our focus on small-group teaching helps develop a friendly and supportive atmosphere. LingSoc, the linguistics student society, runs a mentoring scheme whereby second-year or final-year students support new students. You will have access to extensive computer facilities and to a specialised on-site library in addition to UCL's main library. In the first year your courses are all compulsory, providing a foundation in linguistics and helping you assess where your own interests and strengths lie. In your second and third years you choose from a range of intermediate and advanced courses within a requirement to complete courses in the three core areas of: Meaning (Semantics and Pragmatics); Pronunciation (Phonetics and Phonology); and Sentence Structure (Syntax). You can also choose courses in psycholinguistics, including language acquisition. In your final year, you will undertake a research project, involving a deep and sustained study of a subject in which you are especially interested. You can also take optional courses offered outside Linguistics; for example, many students choose to take language courses taught by the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
In addition to subject-specific skills, you will also acquire the analytical, investigative and study skills essential for most graduate careers, which could include law, computing, commerce and industry. Recent national surveys show that UCL Linguistics graduates have above average employment rates and starting salaries after graduation. Many linguistics graduates from UCL carry on linguistics at graduate level often with a view to pursuing an academic career. Linguistics connects with many other disciplines and a number of graduates go on to work in these areas, e.g. teaching languages, especially English as a first or foreign language, speech therapy, advertising or the media.