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BA English

Programme Code: Q300 BA/ENG


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: English Language or English Literature A level or IB equivalent is required

Start of programme: September 2014

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

  • Why study English at SOAS?

    Studying English at SOAS offers an exciting approach that brings new voices and a global discipline to our specialist institution.  Building on existing strengths and expertise in literatures, languages and linguistics from around the world, English at SOAS also looks to its own location and literary heritage in the heart of Bloomsbury.  From our position in the ‘North’ and particularly London, we are interested in the ways in which English - in all its variations as a field of literary study - has long been in dialogue with its neighbours in the northern hemisphere and across the Global South.  Our vision is an interrogative one - cutting edge, deeply committed to interdisciplinary research and teaching across the humanities, and engaged with metropolitan, cosmopolitan and island histories. English at SOAS is truly international and the first degree of its kind in the UK. 

  • Our teaching
    You will

    - study literatures in English from around the globe

    - learn how Shakespeare's plays have influenced the world

    - analyse how English has been shaped and adapted by different cultures

    You will also gain all the benefits you would expect from a high-quality English degree taught with a global dimension in a university at the forefront of international and multicultural studies.

    The School is also pleased to introduce its new BA Global Liberal Arts.

    The programme allows you to immerse yourself in a variety of disciplines ranging from politics, development and history to languages, literature and film. You’ll study a wide range of courses from the humanities, social sciences, and area studies, ensuring you are equipped with a broad range of skills for the future, whether that be in further study, or as part of the career path you choose to take. 

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. Henk 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 BA English, please see Undergraduate admissions pages


The programme consists of compulsory modules on key thematic concerns but with the flexibility to choose courses on either language, linguistics, literature or a combination of them. Students will also be able to combine English with an Asian or African language and/or region and take courses on cinema, development, migration, diaspora, etc.

Year 1

Compulsory Units

Students must take all compulsory courses in order to proceed to the next year

Optional Unit

Select either a language unit OR a unit from List A OR an open option at an introductory level to the value of one unit

Year 2
Core Course
Second and third units

Any courses to the value of 2 units from:

Fourth unit

Courses to the value of 1 unit from:

Year 3
Compulsory Unit
  • BA Dissertation in English - 152900105 (1.0 Unit)
Optional Units

Select two units from the following AND/OR from List B:

Optional Unit

Select another unit, at the appropriate level, from the list above OR a unit from List B, List C or List D OR a language option OR an open option

List of Optional Courses

N.B. Not all optional courses will be available every year

List A - Introductory Courses
List B - Regional Literature Courses
List C - Linguistics Courses
List D - Cinema, Media, Society and Migration Courses

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. 


A degree in English at SOAS provides you with excellent training for careers in media, journalism, publishing, creative writing, education, arts and cultural organisations, and the civil service.  Graduates will also find employment in international charity, NGOs and social enterprise areas.