English Language

English Language at Cardiff University

Develop an understanding of how language works as a system, how it shapes the world around us, and how it intersects with culture, society, and politics.

Representing and shaping the world

We are surrounded by language. It is how we represent and shape the world around us. Studying English Language at degree level develops a critical understanding of how language works as a system, how it is used to express identity, and how it can be used to reflect and mould attitudes.

You will be taught by academic staff who work at the forefront of research in their fields and who will give you a unique insight into some of the most up-to-date and innovative work in English language research.

Your future in mind

Degrees in English Language combine the best of humanities skills (excellent communication, synthesis and analysis) and social science skills (robust technical analysis and systematic method). Common destinations for our graduates include speech and language therapy, primary and secondary school teaching, TEFL, marketing and PR, sales and advertising, the civil service and public administration.

Our single honours degree programmes are:

You can also study English Language alongside the following subjects:

The degree exceeded my expectations on so many levels. The sheer diversity of areas covered (from analysis of communication on Facebook and YouTube to highly detailed functional grammatical analysis) was so engaging. I can honestly say that my years in Cardiff as an undergraduate were some of the best of my life. So much so that I stayed on to pursue further study at Masters and PhD level. I just can't get enough, as the saying goes!

Michael Willett, BA English Language graduate