Linguistics and Mathematics Combined Programme

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science and the Department of Mathematics offer a combined undergraduate programmes in Linguistics and Mathematics (BA).

The programme is overseen by the Executive Committee:

Programme Advisors:

Administrative Support:

 

Overview

Linguistics and mathematics can be studied together quite naturally. They both try to investigate and appreciate patterns and structure, approaching the study in a rigorous and systematic manner.

Linguistics is the science of language. Linguists seek to understand the properties of all natural human languages - how they are structured, how and why they vary and change, how they are acquired, and how they are used by people to communicate.

Mathematics, on the other hand, is the language of science. It's used to understand areas as diverse as the structure of viruses and the motion of planets. Mathematics abstracts the fundamental issue at the heart of an example, frequently finding connections with other, initially dissimilar, problems.

After studying compulsory fundamental topics in your first year, in the second and third years there is a large choice of modules to choose from, allowing you to either concentrate on a certain aspect of mathematics, or to study a broad range of topics in language and linguistics, including to possibility of being involved directly in state-of-the-art research.

The BA Linguistics and  Mathematics programme aims to foster and develop students' mathematical  and linguistic accomplishments, principally in their:

1.  awareness of the scope, achievements and possibilities of mathematics and linguistics;

2.  understanding of the logical processes necessary to establish the truth of propositions, and ability to think logically and analytically;

3.  competence and confidence in the use of appropriate mathematical tools, techniques and methodologies for solving a wide range of problems;

4.  preparedness for a career requiring a high level of numeracy, or further mathematics-related study (including, but not limited to, postgraduate courses in mathematics education);

5. readiness to take their place in an educated public, contribute a specific outlook and way of thinking to society at large, and continue to pursue mathematical interests for pleasure and intellectual reward.

Handbook

For information about rules and regulations relating to your programme, please study carefully:

Specifically for the Combined Programmes, the following rules apply.

Supervisors and Programme Advisors

This information is for students who began the programme in 2011/2 or later.  (Students who entered the programme in 2010 or before will normally have one supervisor in each department.)

You will be allocated a supervisor in one department and a programme advisor in the other.

Your supervisor is responsible for your academic and pastoral care and oversees all aspects of your time in the department.  Your supervisor will have formal meetings with you, normally once a term, to discuss academic progress and any other matters that you wish to raise.  However, you can also contact them at any time to make additional appointments.

Your programme advisor is there to provide advice on the content of the programme, module choices, programme regulations etc.

Mitigating Circumstances

Mitigating Circumstances claims must be handed in to the department in which the module is being taken.  The exception is if you are taking an elective module, in which case the claim must be handed to either Maths or Linguistics. They need to be made on the University's Mitigating Circumstances Claim Form and backed up by appropriate evidence.

Modules 2013/14

These pages show your course choice options for the 2013/14 academic year, in the Linguistics and Mathematics programme.

Note that this information is for students on the new undergraduate course scheme only (2010 entry and later).

Please see also general information on course choices in the Mathematics Department and in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science.

 

First Year

In the Mathematics Department, you take two 30 credit modules that run during the entire teaching year:

Altogether you obtain 60 credits in Mathematics.

In the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, you take

Altogether you obtain 60 credits in Linguistics.

Second Year

In the Spring/Summer Terms you take Linear Algebra MAT00008I (20 credits).

In addition you choose 40 credits of optional modules from the Mathematics 2nd year module tables, which can include Real Analysis MAT00005C (20 credits), subject to the pre-requisites and the following rules:

Altogether you obtain 60 credits in Mathematics.

In the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, you take two compulsory modules:

If you don't take both Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology, and Intermediate Syntax, you may choose an optional module within Linguistics. For details of available options, see the Department of Language and Linguistic Science module listings. Altogether you obtain 60 credits in Linguistics.

You may replace one of your optional 20 credit Mathematics or Linguistics modules in the Spring/Summer term with elective modules from other Departments

Third year

During your second year you will choose one of the following final year routes:

Current module choices are shown on the Mathematics Department and Department of Language and Linguistics Science websites, but are subject to change.

Modules 2014/15

These pages show your course choice options for the 2014/15 academic year, in the Linguistics and Mathematics programme.

Note that this information is for students on the new undergraduate course scheme only (2010 entry and later).

Please see also general information on course choices in the Mathematics Department and in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science.

First Year

In the Mathematics Department, you take two 30 credit modules that run during the entire teaching year:

Altogether you obtain 60 credits in Mathematics.

In the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, you take

Altogether you obtain 60 credits in Linguistics.

Second Year

In the Spring/Summer Terms you take Linear Algebra MAT00008I (20 credits).

In addition you choose 40 credits of optional modules from the Mathematics 2nd year module tables, which can include Real Analysis MAT00005C (20 credits), subject to the pre-requisites and the following rules:

Altogether you obtain 60 credits in Mathematics.

In the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, you take two compulsory modules:

If you don't take both Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology, and Intermediate Syntax, you may choose an optional module within Linguistics. For details of available options, see the Department of Language and Linguistic Science module listings. Altogether you obtain 60 credits in Linguistics.

You may replace one of your optional 20 credit Mathematics or Linguistics modules in the Spring/Summer term with elective modules from other Departments

Third year

During your second year you will choose one of the following final year routes:

Current module choices are shown on the Mathematics Department and Department of Language and Linguistics Science websites, but are subject to change.