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Linguistics Tripos

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Transferable Skills

Transferrable skills in the Linguistics Degree

The Linguistics course is designed to help students develop a range of skills. 

Studying linguistics may equip you with the ability to:

  • plan, design and execute a piece of independent research through the Part IIB dissertation;
  • assimilate and integrate information from a wide range of intellectual disciplines, some initially unfamiliar; 
  • work with data, analyzing, interpreting and presenting;
  • appreciate the subtleties of spoken communication in interpersonal interaction;
  • optimize written communication through an understanding of linguistic structure. 

Through the Cambridge system, you may develop the ability to:

  • Work independently;
  • Meet deadlines;
  • Be self-directing;
  • Prioritize;
  • Take a broad and a detailed view;
  • Absorb and retain complex information;
  • Library and bibliographic research skills; 
  • Analytic and problem-solving skills;
  • IT skills (e-mail, word-processing and internet use).

Through reading and essay preparation, the ability to: 

  • Keep a flexible, open mind;
  • Investigate and assimilate lots of material quickly;
  • Sift/select relevant material; 
  • Identify key issues;
  • Analyse and evaluate critically; 
  • Discriminate and judge between points of view;
  • Understand people;
  • Perceive and identify meaning (including hidden and multiple meanings);
  • Understand complex abstract statements;
  • Use imagination and creativity; 
  • Formulate an individual line, angle, opinion;
  • Think logically;
  • Synthesize coherently;
  • Structure an argument;
  • Write clearly, persuasively, concisely, to the point;
  • Balance commitments;
  • Meet deadlines.

Through classes and supervisions, the ability to: 

  • Weigh and respond to opposing arguments;
  • Speak fluently, clearly, coherently;
  • Cope with direct challenge;
  • Sustain a point of view;
  • Think on your feet;
  • Manage an audience;
  • Present information;
  • Interact with others effectively;
  • Work as part of a team.

Through attending lectures, the ability to: 

  • Listen critically;
  • Sift and summarize information;
  • Record relevant information;
  • Store information effectively.