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English/Psychology undergraduate degrees

I am doing my A-Levels and I’m struggling to find combined degrees that are around English Lang/Linguistics and Psychology. I want to study a combined degree so it gives me more career opportunities as I know Linguistics jobs can be fairly narrow unless you do a Masters/PhD. I’m quite interested in forensics so I was looking at criminology too, but I just can’t find a course that I love the look of. Also, a number of English and Psychology courses focus on literature and not language which I don’t really like the idea of. Please help if you know any unis in North England/Scotland that offer Lang/Ling and Psych, I know Edinburgh and Glasgow do but they are the only ones I have seen!! :smile:
There are a number of joint honours courses in psychology and linguistics (and related fields e.g. language sciences). Off the top of my head, there's Oxford (PPL), UCL (psychology and language sciences), Edinburgh (cognitive sciences humanities route), I think York, and probably several others.

English literature is a very different subject, and is often just referred to as "English" at degree level. I would suggest that you don't search for "English language" courses, search for "linguistics" courses.

That said your degree subject doesn't really have that much bearing on your career. Most graduates go into careers unrelated to their degrees and most employers don't care what you studied unless applying to a specialist role requiring a specific background (e.g. engineering roles, healthcare roles, etc).

Doing a joint honours with psychology isn't going to make any difference to employability or even add any specific roles you could pursue - best case scenario if it's a BPS accredited joint honours then you could potentially pursue postgraduate study for a professional psychologist qualification (e.g. DClinPsy, masters in forensic psych, etc). Do it if you're interested in the field conceptually, don't otherwise.
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Original post by avawetherall
I am doing my A-Levels and I’m struggling to find combined degrees that are around English Lang/Linguistics and Psychology. I want to study a combined degree so it gives me more career opportunities as I know Linguistics jobs can be fairly narrow unless you do a Masters/PhD. I’m quite interested in forensics so I was looking at criminology too, but I just can’t find a course that I love the look of. Also, a number of English and Psychology courses focus on literature and not language which I don’t really like the idea of. Please help if you know any unis in North England/Scotland that offer Lang/Ling and Psych, I know Edinburgh and Glasgow do but they are the only ones I have seen!! :smile:


Lancaster offers Psychology and Linguistics:

https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/psychology-and-linguistics-ba-hons-cq81/2025/

Go to the websites of northern unis and scroll through the undergraduate course lists.

Also, have a look at some Liberal Arts degrees such as this one at Durham:

https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/liberal-arts/
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Original post by artful_lounger
There are a number of joint honours courses in psychology and linguistics (and related fields e.g. language sciences). Off the top of my head, there's Oxford (PPL), UCL (psychology and language sciences), Edinburgh (cognitive sciences humanities route), I think York, and probably several others.
English literature is a very different subject, and is often just referred to as "English" at degree level. I would suggest that you don't search for "English language" courses, search for "linguistics" courses.
That said your degree subject doesn't really have that much bearing on your career. Most graduates go into careers unrelated to their degrees and most employers don't care what you studied unless applying to a specialist role requiring a specific background (e.g. engineering roles, healthcare roles, etc).
Doing a joint honours with psychology isn't going to make any difference to employability or even add any specific roles you could pursue - best case scenario if it's a BPS accredited joint honours then you could potentially pursue postgraduate study for a professional psychologist qualification (e.g. DClinPsy, masters in forensic psych, etc). Do it if you're interested in the field conceptually, don't otherwise.

Okay, thank you so much. Are most joint honours with psychology not BPS accredited, or does it just depend on how much Psychology content you study? Thank you!
Original post by normaw
Lancaster offers Psychology and Linguistics:
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/psychology-and-linguistics-ba-hons-cq81/2025/
Go to the websites of northern unis and scroll through the undergraduate course lists.
Also, have a look at some Liberal Arts degrees such as this one at Durham:
https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/liberal-arts/
Great thank you, I wasn’t aware of the Durham course.
Original post by avawetherall
Okay, thank you so much. Are most joint honours with psychology not BPS accredited, or does it just depend on how much Psychology content you study? Thank you!

Quite variable, it essentially boils down to whether it covers all the required content from the psychology side. Most BPS accredited joint honours courses in psychology end up skewing a little towards the psychology side as a result to fit in the required material. Bear in mind BPS accreditation doesn't matter if you aren't interested in pursuing a career as a professional psychologist (e.g. clinical/educational/forensic psychologist). It is also possible to get BPS accreditation by doing a conversion masters course, although this makes it a longer and more expensive process so if you want to keep that option open it'd be sensible to look at those options that are BPS accredited (or allow you to follow a BPS accredited route through them - e.g. PPL at Oxford has that as a possibility if you take the appropriate options).
Hi there!

We do a combined degree in Psychology and English Language click here to find pout more. We also do Psychology and Criminology here. And the option of English Language and Criminology here

I hope some of these links help!☺️

Daisy
Graduate Advocate
Original post by Liverpool Hope University
Hi there!
We do a combined degree in Psychology and English Language click here to find pout more. We also do Psychology and Criminology here. And the option of English Language and Criminology here
I hope some of these links help!☺️
Daisy
Graduate Advocate


Thank you! I’ll have a look :smile:

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