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Everything starts with language. It's fundamental to our thoughts, relationships and civilisations. At Essex, we investigate language and its relationships to the world.

We are one of the largest and most prestigious language and linguistics departments in the UK. You'll become part of an academic community that undertakes world-leading research and be taught by lecturers who are internationally renowned.

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication and want to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome home.

Why we are unique

  • Modern languages top 10 for student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
  • Top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014)
  • Ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings (2017)
  • Learn languages from complete beginner up to mastery level
  • All languages are taught by native or bi-lingual teachers
  • Only UK university offering interpreting, translation and subtitling

Undergraduate study


As an undergraduate student in our department, you’ll meet the world in one place. We offer many courses in English language and linguistics, English language teaching and modern languages.

Postgraduate study

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Delve deeper, scrutinise and test the accepted thinking in language and linguistics through postgraduate study. Our courses cover language, linguistics, translation, interpreting and subtitling.

Hear from an alumnus

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Alex tells us about her experience of studying our MA Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling in Italian. She tells us about her internship for a translation agency and how this helped her understand the subject.