Linguistics is a dynamic subject that offers students the opportunity to study how languages work.
Below you will find information about the specific degree courses offered by Oxford and Cambridge Universities to study Linguistics, how to prepare, and how Oxbridge Interviews can help you with your application.BOOK COURSE
Cambridge University offer a three year long degree course in pure Linguistics.
The application process is competitive with only 1 in 3 applicants offered a place. Successful applicants generally need to get A*AA at A Level (or equivalent). No particular subjects are required, but English, Mathematics and a language are recommended.
Oxford University do not offer a course exclusively in Linguistics, but they do offer a Modern Languages and Linguistics course that is four years long, including a year abroad.
The application process is competitive with only 35% of applicants successful. To be offered a place, you generally need to get AAA at A Level (or equivalent). You must also take at least one modern language at A Level (or equivalent).
To prepare for your Linguistics application, you must demonstrate your motivation for the subject and specific interests. You can do this by reading beyond your school curriculum. Our interviewers recommend:
- 'The wonders of language: Or how to make noises and influence people' by Ian Roberts
- 'Linguistics: A complete introduction' by David Hornsby
Practice interviews for Linguistics applications are critical. You wouldn’t sit an exam without doing a mock, so don’t place yourself in an interview without having experienced a practice interview first.
Applicants to study Linguistics at Cambridge are required to sit an at-interview Linguistics Admissions Assessment.
Applicants to study Modern Languages and Linguistics at Oxford are required to sit the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT).