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BA English and ...

Combined degree


2016 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAB-ABB
  • IB: 35 (665 at HL)
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at A Level, or equivalent, is preferred.

Start of programme: September 2014

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

English is a global language. It is used as a first, second and foreign language by close to one billion people around the world. Its global reach has made it one of the most successful means of international communication in history. Global English has also created a rich tapestry of literatures in English and given rise to many different varieties of English, from pidgin to creole.

BA English at SOAS includes the option of taking a foreign language course in each year of study.  For details see the BA English (single honours) syllabus. Students who wish to concentrate more intensively on a foreign language, often including a year abroad, but also wish to take part of the English syllabus, should apply instead for the combined honours BA English and ... . Sixteen Asian and African languages can be studied jointly with English. Programmes that include a year abroad entail four years of study.  

Student Profile

Kalle Oskari Mattila

SOAS is a place you come to grow: as a person, writer and thinker. The Fictions of History class was a particularly transformative experience for me. As a bilingual, bicultural and interdisciplinary student it allowed me to explore not only the world but also myself. Hank van Woerden, Caryl Phillips, Alexandra Fuller... these are all authors I have come to love and would not have discovered without SOAS. And the best bit? I have not stopped exploring since.

Kalle Oskari Mattila, BSc International Management (China), Class of 2013
Graduate destinations:
Community Manager, Penguin Books UK
Nonfiction Creative Writing MFA, Columbia University in the City of New York

Contact Us

If you are interested in applying for the BA English and ... please contact the Admissions Tutor, Dr Ayman El-Desouky - ad48@soas.ac.uk

Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.


May be combined with

The programme is a joint degree with one of the languages listed below (see joint language degree/pathway pages for the programme structure).

Key Information Set data

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Below is a structure diagram for this programme.
NB: Students of Chinese and Korean go on their Year Abroad in year 2; students of other languages go in year 3.

For programme structure and courses in your language of choice visit the relevant half degree/language pathway pages.

Year 1
Compulsory Modules
and one of the following courses:
Two units in your chosen language

N.B. Students enrolled on BA English and Arabic or BA English and Chinese take the compulsory English course and three language units in Year 1.

Year 2
Compulsory courses

Please select one of the following (the course not taken in Year 1):

and one unit from the following:
Two further units in your chosen language
Year 3

Year Abroad for students taking this degree as combined honours with BA Arabic, BA Hebrew, Hindi Pathway, BA Japanese, Nepali Pathway, BA Persian, BA Swahili, BA Tibetan, BA Turkish and Urdu Pathway. For students combining the degree with BA Chinese and BA Korean the Year Abroad will take place in Year 2.

Year 4
Compulsory Modules
and one unit from the following:
Two further units in your chosen language

Programme Specification


Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

How can we understand and study English from a truly global perspective? The BA degree is designed to provide students with knowledge and key analytic, critical thinking and communication skills to prepare them to work in today's globalising world of English. 

You will study literature in English and in translation to reflect on the relationship between writing in English and in Asian and African languages and on global networks and flows. You will gain an understanding of cultural, social, linguistic and cognitive aspects of English language use in a global context, and of the dynamics of multilingualism and multimodal language use in intercultural communication. 


This degree has a wide variety of potential job sectors it might lead to, most likely including journalism, advertising/marketing/communications, publishing/creative writing, and education.  Because of the cross-cultural aspects involved graduates will find employment in international education and international charity/NGO/social enterprise areas as well.  

A well-grounded understanding of intercultural communication is a key requirement of many of the organisations that target SOAS for their recruitment.  Looking to future population and employment growth trends, these skills are likely to continue to of strong benefit.