Key information


English Language and Applied Linguistics (2+2, 4+0) BA (Hons)

Types of study

Full time


Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2021

For the 2+2 programmes, you will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 programmes, you will spend your entire degree programmes in Ningbo China with ‘study abroad’ opportunities.

Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three year degree programme, or a four year programme with a preliminary year enabling you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin here. If your country is not listed, please email  

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese version prospectus.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution) you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for three year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for four year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for three year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for four year programme.

Alternative requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of "admission" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis, if your parents or guardians give their written agreement in advance to additional safeguards and requirements. Visit here for more information.

Course overview

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.

Special features

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.

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"I was motivated to join the School of English after working in industry for a year because ‘with good English, you don’t need to worry about getting a job in Hong Kong’ (quote from a barrister I worked with in Central, Hong Kong). Now, after three years of degree-level learning and training in communicative competence (such as pragmatics, sociolinguistics and intercultural communication), I am confident that the ‘linguistic capital’ I have built will make me a sought-after candidate in the professional, communication-saturated and internationalised working environment I aspire to join after I graduate. "

Yu Xinxin, BA (Hons) English Language and Applied Linguistics, 2016

Course structure

The degree is offered as a three or four-year programme depending on your entry qualification.

  • For domestic students the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year program.
  • For international students, with relevant qualifications, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year program.


Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. 

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

Preliminary year

The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme. 

This special English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the University's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are prepared fully for years two to four of your degree programme.   

*Note: This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

Qualifying year


Students must take all modules

ENGL1027 Introduction to Linguistics (20 Credits)


ENGL1028 The Influence of English (20 Credits)


ENGL1025 Language and Context (20 Credits)


Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group

LANG1062 Inter Faculty French 1A (10 Credits)


LANG1064 Inter Faculty German 1A (10 Credits)


LANG1066 Inter Faculty Japanese 1A (10 Credits)


LANG1068 Inter Faculty Spanish 1A (10 Credits)


LANG1084 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1A (10 Credits)


LANG1070 Inter Faculty Korean 1A (10 Credits)


LANG1063 Inter Faculty French 1B (10 Credits)


LANG1065 Inter Faculty German 1B (10 Credits)


LANG1067 Inter Faculty Japanese 1B (10 Credits)


LANG1069 Inter Faculty Spanish 1B (10 Credits)


LANG1085 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1B (10 Credits)


LANG1071 Inter Faculty Korean 1B (10 Credits)


Optional (Group 2)

Students must take a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 60 credits from this group

All credits of language modules selected must be within the same language. Students may only choose a language in which they have no prior experience.  

ENGL1026 Studying Literature (20 Credits)


ENGL1030 Introduction to Drama (20 Credits)


ENGL1029 Academic Community (20 Credits)


Year 3


Students must take all modules

ENGL2036 Investigating English Language: Psycholinguistics (20 Credits)


ENGL2037 Fundamentals in Research Methods (20 Credits)


ENGL2039 Business Communication (20 Credits)


ENGL2041 Language in Society (20 Credits)


ENGL2046 Introduction to English Language Teaching (20 Credits)


Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 10 credits from this group

LANG2077 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 2A (10 Credits)


LANG2055 Inter Faculty French 2A (10 Credits)


LANG2057 Inter Faculty German 2A (10 Credits)


LANG2059 Inter Faculty Japanese 2A (10 Credits)


LANG2061 Inter Faculty Spanish 2A (10 Credits)


LANG2063 Inter Faculty Korean 2A (10 Credits)


Optional (Group 2)

Students must take a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group

INCM2028 Cultural Analysis (10 Credits)


ENGL2042 Literary Linguistics (20 Credits)


INCM3056 Work Placement in the Language Centre (10credits Level3 Autumn) (10 Credits)


Year 4

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 100 and a maximum of 120 credits from this group

Corpus Linguistics


ENGL3089 Workplace Discourse (20 Credits)


ENGL3102 Introduction to Translation and Interpreting (20 Credits)


ENGL3104 Advanced Grammar for Study and the Professions (20 Credits)


ENGL3086 Brain and Language (20 Credits)


Intercultural Communication


Optional (Group 2)

Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group

ENGL3092 Dissertation (FY) (20 Credits)


Careers and further study

Employment example:

Ningbo Lanqing Middle School


HRNet One

Standard Chartered Bank

Nestle China

Nielsen Market Research Ltd.

JPMorgan Chase Securities Co., Ltd.

Lu Wei Xuan Perfume Cosmetics Shanghai Co., Ltd.

Jingshihuan (Korea)

Great property


Hang Seng Bank


Bank of China

Safe HP

Rhodes PR

New Channel Training School

New Oriental Ningbo School



A total of 51 graduates of the 2018 English Language and Literature Department, 37 chose to continue their studies, of which 67.6% of the graduates entered the top 50 universities in the world.

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Fees and funding


Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

More information

For more information about the course, please contact us directly. 

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Domestic enquiries

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0)574 8818 0226

International enquiries

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0)574 8818 0000 ext. 8505

Prof. Geoff Hall

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