English language and linguistics

All our courses are taught by teaching specialists who are experts in their fields and members of the Higher Education Academy. Staff have published in areas as diverse as storytelling narratives, the pragmatic meaning of hashtags in text messaging, the relationships between text and sounds, trauma narratives, language disorders, second language vocabulary, and language teaching. This range of interests and expertise adds insight and variety to our courses in languages and linguistics.

We foster learning in an environment which is intellectually stimulating and supportive. You'll always be able to go to a member of staff for individual advice and help; you'll have a personal tutor from your first to last day of your course. You can also access a wide range of academic support during your studies, including the English for Academic and Professional Development programme which offers a wide range of courses in writing and speaking skills designed to help you with the linguistic and academic demands of your main course.

Once you set your sights on the world of work, our employability workshops help you to gain the necessary skills for CV writing and succeeding at interviews. The teaching team will ensure that you know what sort of skills and knowledge you have gained and match this up to what employers are looking for.

Kingston Language Scheme offers a unique opportunity to learn a wide range of languages alongside your degree. You can continue with a language you have already studied, or start a new one from scratch.

If you are an international or EU student, and want to prepare for study at university, the Pre-Sessional English Language Course is excellent preparation in academic and language skills.

Undergraduate courses

When you study an English course at Kingston you will explore how language works. This includes exploring how language is constructed and how people use language in diverse situations. Through exploring language in real settings you get a full understanding of written and spoken language and we discuss how context shapes the language people use.

Postgraduate courses

We offer a postgraduate programme in Applied Linguistics for TESOL for students with or without teaching experience who would like to explore the practical applications of linguistics in the field of learning and teaching. Students who want to become English language teachers will have an optional opportunity to gain a professional teaching qualification (CELTA or CLTA) as part of the programme.

We also welcome applications from students interested in pursuing a Masters by Research or MPhil/PhD in an approved research topic within the areas of department staff expertise.

Learn a language

Kingston Language Scheme (KLS)

Kingston Language Scheme (KLS) offers courses in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, and English for academic study. Classes are taught at a range of levels, so you can start a new language from scratch or build on existing knowledge. All KLS classes are free to Kingston University students, and available at a discounted rate to staff and members of the public.

Enhance your English language and academic skills

Our English for Academic and Professional Development (EAPD) programme offers a range of courses to help you develop your English language and academic skills alongside your main area of study. Our accredited Pre-sessional English Language courses offer excellent preparation for university study. We are also expert in tailoring language courses for external clients.

Writers' Centre Kingston

Writers' Centre Kingston

A thriving, lively and open community, Writers' Centre Kingston offers an inspirational environment for writers that transcends the University, including opportunities to showcase work.

Contact us

Heads of Department of Humanities: Matthew Birchwood and Martin Dines.

Department of Humanities undergraduate course administrator: Maggie Hughes.

Department of Humanities postgraduate course administrator: Kathryn Davies.