Lucy Cavendish aims to admit one undergraduate in Linguistics each year, and recent students have performed strongly in both Part I and II of the course. We also currently have five MPhil and PhD Linguists, making for a small but friendly subject community, supported by the Head of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Dr Henriette Hendricks.

The BA in Linguistics is wide-ranging and interdisciplinary in its approach, drawing on research and scholarship in physics, engineering, psychology and philosophy, as well as expertise from across the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. Whilst the course does provide good preparation for vocational training in fields such as speech therapy, language technology, translation, interpreting and forensic linguistics, graduates go on to pursue a variety of careers.

Further information about the course can be found on the Department and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • No subject-specific entrance requirements
  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable
  • Some formal study of either English or another language is helpful, but not essential.

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found here.

Director of Studies

Dr Theresa Biberauer