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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge


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Linguistics at Cambridge introduces students to the study of language as a phenomenon from a wide range of exciting perspectives. In the first year you will acquire the building blocks for analysing languages, while during the second and third years you can explore more specialized subjects such as Language Acquisition, the History of Ideas on Language or the Psychology of Language Processing and Learning.  You can also focus on the structure and history of a particular language such as French or German.  At the intersection of humanities, social and natural sciences, linguistics equips students with a wide range of analytical methods and quantitative skills. Further information about the course can be found on the University website.

Studying Linguistics at Murray Edwards

We aim to admit two Linguistics students each year, meaning that there is a small but vibrant community of up to six undergraduate students in the College at any one time. We also typically have one to two postgraduates in Linguistics in the College, who meet with the undergraduates at dinners and other events. Linguistics students are encouraged to develop their interests and participate to the meetings of the Gabe Society which comprises MML and Linguistics undergraduates, graduates and Fellows and aims to provide a focus for academic exploration and inquiry at undergraduate level. 

Typical offer
A Level: A*AA
IB: 42, 776

Required subjects
No specific subjects are required.

Admissions Assessment
All applicants for Linguistics are required to take a written assessment if shortlisted for interview.  You will not need to register in advance for this assessment and the College will provide details directly to you.

Written work
Linguistics applicants are not asked to submit written work to the College.

Read the Q&A with our Director of Studies in Linguistics.

Academic and teaching staff