Linguistics at Lancaster

The Department of Linguistics and English Language (LAEL) in Lancaster is the largest linguistics department in the UK, with a range of expertise, active research environment and a strong community of around 140 PhD students. The department is also among the top linguistics departments in the world as well as in the UK. In the 2023 QS World University rankings by subject Linguistics at Lancaster was ranked 1oth in the world. We have now been in the top 20 in the world for seven years in a row. Linguistics at Lancaster is also consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK. We are ranked 2nd in the UK by 2024 Times Good University Guide and 3rd in the 2024 Complete University Guide. The Linguistics department is also home to the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, one of world-leading centres in corpora development and corpus linguistics, a recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2015.

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Lancaster University ( recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a world-class reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. It is highly ranked in all three major UK university league tables: The Times/Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Complete University Guide. Internationally, it is ranked 122nd in the QS World University Rankings 2024. The University is set near the Lune Valley and the Forest of Bowland – areas of outstanding natural beauty – and on the edge of the Lake District. More than £450m has been invested into the campus since 2002 creating new academic facilities, student social facilities and improved teaching space.