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Our courses

Our degrees are designed to offer you flexibility during your studies. Whether you want to focus solely on English Language and Linguistics or combine your degree with other subjects, we have a degree to suit you.


BA English Language and Linguistics

Understand how the study of language is crucial to our understanding of ourselves as members of society, as individuals and as a species.

You also have the option to change to a four-year course and undertake a placement year or Study Abroad.

BA English Language and Linguistics with Foundation

Gain expert knowledge of how the English language works, and its use in our increasingly globalised world, with an additional foundation year to prepare you for your studies.

BA English Language and Literature

Develop your understanding of English as a living and dynamic global language whilst exploring a diverse range of literary texts from Britain, America and beyond.

BA English Language and Linguistics with Placement Experience

Explore how language lies at the heart of human life and society – and put your skills into practice on a work placement – with our BA English Language and Linguistics with Placement Experience degree.

This four-year course examines how language is crucial to our understanding of ourselves as members of society, as individuals, and as a species. An integrated placement year provides a fantastic opportunity to put your skills into practice in preparation for your future career.


BA Modern Languages and English Language

Understand the core mechanics and usage of the English language, while learning to write and speak fluently in either French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Taught by experts from both departments, you’ll acquire transferable skills with an international focus.

Fees, funding and scholarships

There is a variety of funding support available to our undergraduate students. You may be eligible for government loans, grants or bursaries. 

Students from the UK can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. UK students may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries depending on their circumstances. 

Undergraduate fees and funding

Life in the Department

"The enthusiasm and care of the staff has been a great influence on my enjoyment of the course and I am grateful for the encouragement and excitement with which they present new ideas and information to us, the students."

Laura Eyre, BA Applied English Language Studies

Read more about life in the Department


Why study with us?

We allow you to specialise in the areas of the English language which suit your interests, while providing access to first-class teaching and support and the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills.

Student stories

Find out more from our undergraduate students about what it's like to study English Language at the University of Reading.


Our research

Our research brings a breadth of applied linguistic expertise to explore the use and learning of English as a first and second language, and into how the multilingual mind works in context.

Your application

You can apply online for all of our courses via the national admissions service, UCAS.

Visit Days

Have you already applied for your course? In addition to your formal application, you will be invited to a Visit Day.

These days are a great opportunity for you to visit the campus and find out more about your course.