Welcome to Linguistics and
English Language

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.


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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