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BA (Hons) English
BA (Hons) English

BA (Hons) English

  • ID:ENU440143
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
  • Intake:
  • Type:Full-time

Fees (GBP)

  • TuitionFee/Year:£13,360.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£12,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:£13,360.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£12,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
Estimated Total/program:
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

English Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

  • 6.0 overall, with no component below 5.5

TOEFL Internet Based Test

  • 80 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing

Pearson’s Test of Academic English

  • 56 overall with a minimum of 51 in each component

Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE))

  • 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component

Cambridge B2 First (formerly Cambridge English First (FCE)) 

  • 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English Advanced (CAE))

  • 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component

Trinity Integrated Skills Test (ISE)

  • ISEII, ISEIII, ISEIV with a pass in each component

Other Requirement

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

ABBB including English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BBBC including Grade B in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B1, B3 at HL to include English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H2, H3 at HL to include English.


Pass HNC in a related subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject, plus A Level English Grade C.

BTEC (QCF) Diploma

Minimum grades D*D* (Distinction*, Distinction*) in a related subject, plus A Level English Grade C.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 29 points overall including three HL subjects with grades 6,5,5 including Grade 5 in English.

Course Information

This English degree will develop your critical skills and nurture your awareness of the enduring appeal of literature in the modern world.

Study English literature from Shakespeare to contemporary popular culture, via classic works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  You’ll learn about these texts in their cultural-historical contexts and within wider theoretical frameworks, considering the ways they function in society. You’ll study English within exciting interdisciplinary contexts and benefit from the wide range of subject expertise within the English subject group.

Edinburgh is a vibrant city with a rich literary heritage, offering an excellent learning environment and lots of world-leading cultural events, such as the International Book Festival. You may also have the opportunity to study abroad through our exchange programmes.

The course provides the opportunity to study at a partner university overseas, or take a work placement in industry.

This qualification will prepare you for a career in a number of areas of the cultural and creative industries and beyond.

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Year 1

  • Introduction to Literature

  • 19th Century Literature & Culture

  • Reading Texts: Analysing Film, Literature and Culture

  • Literature & Adaptation

  • Case Studies in Cultural Studies

  • Option module e.g. Case Studies in Cultural Studies, Introduction to the Web

Year 2

  • Literature of Empire: Texts & Contexts

  • The Modern Novel

  • Narratives of Social and Sexual Deviance: Rethinking the Victorians

  • Shakespeare & the Renaissance

  • Option module e.g. Creative Writing: Starting to Write, Modern Drama, American Outlaws, Global Literatures of Conflict

Year 3

  • Cultural and Literary Theory: Debates and Applications 

  • C21 Literature

Four option modules from:

  • Science Fiction: Text & Film

  • Introduction to Television Studies

  • Creative Writing: Genre Writing

  • Narratives of Nature

  • First World War and Modernity

  • Starting a New Business

  • Launching Your Graduate Career

Year 4

  • Dissertation

Four option modules from:

  • Postcolonial Fiction & Film

  • Modern Scottish Fiction

  • Reading Experiments: Children’s Literature and Science

  • Lateness and the Modern

  • The Gothic Tradition

  • Cities Real & Imagined

  • Crime in Text and Film

  • Comics and Documentary: New Forms of Memoir

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Writer

  • Teacher

  • Publisher

  • Journalist

  • Arts Administrator

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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