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Bachelor of Arts

Discover what language is, how we learn and use it, and how it varies and changes across social and historical contexts.

Courses examine the sounds of language, words, sentences and meaning, and the complex interactions between them.

Linguistics leads to careers in areas as diverse as engineering and artificial intelligence, software engineering, health sciences, education, law and publishing.


1 in Queensland for linguistics

QS World University Rankings 2023

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Language teacher
  • Linguistics researcher
  • Cryptologic linguist
  • Senior ontologist
  • Knowledge engineer

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Studios

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • The Secret Life of Language: Words and Sentences
  • The Sound Patterns of Language
  • Phonology
  • Language & Society

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