University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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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.

Year 1 (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 2 (Qualifying Year)

Compulsory

Students must take all modules

Code Title Credits
ENGL1027 Introduction to Linguistics 20
ENGL1028 The Influence of English 20
ENGL1025 Language and Context 20

Optional (Group 1)

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

Code Title Credits
INCM1003 Inter Faculty French 1a 10
INCM1005 Inter Faculty German 1a 10
INCM1007 Inter Faculty Japanese 1a 10
INCM1009 Inter Faculty Spanish 1a 10
INCM1011 Mandarin for Everyday Life 1A 10
INCM1046 Inter Faculty Korean 1a 10
INCM1004 Inter Faculty French 1b 10
INCM1006 Inter Faculty German 1b 10
INCM1008 Inter Faculty Japanese 1b 10
INCM1010 Inter Faculty Spanish 1b 10
INCM1012 Mandarin for Everyday Life 1B 10
INCM1045 Inter Faculty Korean 1b 10

Optional (Group 2)

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

Code Title Credits
ENGL1026 Studying Literature 20
ENGL1030 Introduction to Drama 20
ENGL1029 Academic Community 20

 

Year 3 (Part I)

Compulsory

Students must take all modules

Code Title Credits
ENGL2036 Investigating English Language: Psycholinguistics 20
ENGL2037 Fundamentals in Research Methods 20
ENGL2039 Business Communication 20
ENGL2041 Language in Society 20
ENGL2046 Introduction to English Language Teaching 20

Optional (Group 1)

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

Code Title Credits
INCM2009 Mandarin for Everyday Life 2A 10
INCM2055 Inter Faculty French 2A (heritage) 10
INCM2053 Inter Faculty German 2A  (heritage) 10
INCM2051 Inter Faculty Japanese 2A  (heritage) 10
INCM2049 Inter Faculty Spanish 2A  (heritage) 10
INCM2047 Inter Faculty Italian 2a 10
INCM2045 Inter Faculty Korean 2a 10

Optional (Group 2)

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

Code Title Credits
INCM2028 Cultural Analysis 10
ENGL2042 Literary Linguistics 20
INCM3056 Work Placement in the Language Centre (10credits Level3 Autumn) 10

Year 4 (Part II)

Optional (Group 1)

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

Code Title Credits
ENGL3085 Sociolinguistics 20
ENGL3088 Corpus Linguistics 20
ENGL3089 Workplace Discourse 20
ENGL3102 Introduction to Translation and Interpreting 20
ENGL3086 Brain and Language 20
ENGL3087 Teaching English as a Foreign Language 20
ENGL3090 Intercultural Communication 20

Optional (Group 2)

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

Code Title Credits
ENGL3092 Dissertation (FY) 20
ENGL3091 Dissertation 20

 

Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on the Online Programme Catalogue

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

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.”

 

Contact

For further information, please contact:

Margaret Dowens Margaret.Dowens@nottingham.edu.cn