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.

Director of Studies

Dr Theresa Biberauer

Course Requirements

There are no subject-specific entrance requirements for Linguistics and we have in the past accepted applicants with a variety of British and international qualifications. Some formal study of either English or another language is helpful, but not essential.

See the general Entrance Requirements and FAQ for more information about our academic conditions. You can also contact our Admissions Office with queries.

Admissions Assessment

Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sit a written assessment on the day of their interviews. This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges. Specifications can be found in the Entry Requirements section here.