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BA English Language and Applied Linguistics



Language shapes our world and communicates knowledge. Communication through language and talk is universal across all cultures and has allowed humans to develop thought and share information.

Linguistics is the science of language. Studying it helps us unlock how language works and understand how we communicate with each other.

One of the first British-style English language courses in China, this degree will:

  • equip you with advanced critical insights into communication in English 
  • give you a thorough understanding of Western linguistic theory and applied linguistic analysis 
  • ensure you develop a sophisticated understanding of how language is used in context and influenced by purpose, setting and audience 
  • develop your communicative ability in English, both oral and written, at the highest level for international interactions, whether academic or professional. 

This course is suited to students who enjoy working in different disciplines, are open to learning new things, and have an interest in the analysis and uses of language.


Course structure

For domestic Mainland Chinese students the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year programme with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham's UK campus.

International opportunities

This degree is offered as a three- or four-year programme depending on your entry qualifications. Students have the option to study the whole course in China or spend their last two years at The University of Nottingham UK Campus.


Entry requirements


How to apply



For international students the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year programme with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham's UK campus.

Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change.

Year one (preliminary year) This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

In the preliminary year, the focus is on a special programme and English for academic purposes. Designed by staff at the University’s Centre for English Language Education, this programme prepares students for their degree courses.

Year two (qualifying year)

Students are introduced to standard theories of language and explore various contexts of language in use. They are also introduced to modern literature and develop advanced language skills.

The compulsory modules students can expect to study are outlined below:

Compulsory modules

Code TitleCreditsSemester
ES1E11 Language and Context 20 Full Year
ES1C02 Introduction to Linguistics 20 Full Year
ES1C04 The Influence of English 20 Full Year


Students must take 60 credits from this group:

Optional modules

ES1E31 Studying Literature  20 Full Year
ES1E41 Academic Community 20 Full Year
ES1005 Introduction to Drama 20 Full Year
CS11SA  Inter Faculty Spanish 1A 10 Autumn
CS11GA   Inter Faculty German 1A 10 Autumn
CS11FA   Inter Faculty French 1A 10 Autumn
CS11JA   Inter Faculty Japanese 1A 10 Autumn
CS1001 Mandarin for Everyday Life 1A 10 Autumn
CS10IA Inter Faculty Italian 1A 10 Autumn
CS10KA Inter Faculty Korean 1A 10 Autumn
CS11SB  Inter Faculty Spanish 1B 10 Spring
CS11GB  Inter Faculty German 1B 10 Spring
CS11FB  Inter Faculty French 1B 10 Spring
CS11JB  Inter Faculty Japanese 1B 10 Spring
CS1002 Mandarin for Everyday Life 1B 10 Spring
CS10IB Inter Faculty Italian 1B 10 Spring
CS10KB Inter Faculty Korean 1B 10 Spring
  Total credits:  180   


Year three (part one)

Students develop a more varied skill set for the analysis of language (advanced grammar, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis) and investigate research methods for applied linguistics.

The compulsory modules students can expect to study are outlined below:

Compulsory modules

 Code  Title  Credits  Semester
 ES2E12  Investigating English Language: Psycholinguistics  20 Autumn 
 ES2E16  Fundamentals in Research Methods  20 Autumn 
 ES2001  Discourse and Society  20 Spring
 ES2002  Literary Linguistics  20 Spring
 ES2E14  Advanced Grammar for Study and the Professions  20 Spring

Students must take 20 credits from this group:

Optional modules

 Code  Title  Credits  Semester
 ES2E17  Business Communication  20  Autumn 
 CS3007  Work Placement in the Language Centre  10  Autumn 
 CS2921  Cultural Analysis  10  Autumn 
 CS20SA  Inter Faculty Spanish 2A (heritage)  10  Autumn 
 CS20FA  Inter Faculty French 2A (heritage)  10  Autumn 
 CS20JA  Inter Faculty Japanese 2A (heritage)  10  Autumn 
 CS22GA  Inter Faculty German 2A (heritage)  10  Autumn 
 CS2001  Mandarin for Everyday Life 2A  10  Autumn
 CS20IA  Inter Faculty Italian 2A  10  Autumn
 CS20KA  Inter Faculty Korean 2A  10  Autumn


Year four (part two)

Students must take 120 credits from this group:

  Code  Title  Credits  Semester
 ES3001  Sociolinguistics  20 Autumn
 ES3004  Corpus Linguistics  20 Autumn
 ES3005 Workplace Discourse  20 Autumn
 ES3002  Brain and Language  20 Spring 
 ES3003  Introduction to English Language Teaching  20 Spring
 ES3006  Intercultural Communication  20 Spring
 ES3010  Dissertation  20 Spring
 ES3011  Dissertation  20 Full Year


Careers and further study

The study of language, and the skills gained, can lead to a wide variety of careers including:

  • Advertising, marketing and public relations
  • Business and management
  • Communications
  • Copywriting
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Events management
  • International business
  • Language teaching
  • Language testing
  • Language school management
  • Market research
  • Media work
  • Research and academia
  • Translating and interpreting

Our graduates are highly successful in going onto further study and careers at prestigious institutions where advanced communication skills, analytical abilities and cultural awareness are highly sought after. Of the 31 undergraduates who graduated from the School of English in 2014 and continued onto postgraduate studies, 68% were admitted by world top 100 universities and 45% by world top 40 according to the 2013-14 QS World University Rankings. Typical graduate career destinations include: business and finance, journalism, publishing, teaching, internet and ecommerce, government and public institutions.

Student profile

After graduating from The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), Zhao Yue went on to study a masters in applied linguistics and second language acquisition at The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

She said: “Teaching staff at UNNC were very friendly, supportive and helpful. Their wonderful lectures and interesting ways of teaching developed my research interest in applied linguistics that determined my resolve to pursue this area of study.

“The course nurtured my critical thinking, analytical skills and other essential research skills, all of which are transferable skills that I have found of great value in other contexts.”



For further information, please contact:

Margaret Dowens