Trends in uptake of Linguistics


Undergraduates starting a degree in linguistics, 1995-2019

The following data come from HESA, and include all UK universities (including Scotland).  [visualizer id=”3461″] 


  • The big jump between 2014 and 2015 presumably reflects a change in the way in which students are counted or classified, but isn’t explained by HESA.
  • The overall trend is a persistent rise in undergraduate linguistics numbers, but the fall in 2018 and 2019 may signal a change in this trend.

BA Linguistics application 2003-15

  • BA Linguistics applications, 2003-2015 
  • source: UCAS, but two different sets of figures seem to have been calculated. It is unclear why they are so different for 2007 and 2008, but thereafter they’re almost identical:

    • (1) from 2003 to 2013:  here
    • (2) from 2007: here

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