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BA English

Programme Code: Q300 BA/ENG


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2015 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

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 is a new and exciting addition to SOAS's undergraduate degree programmes. The degree explores many facets of English as a world language and places English language and literature firmly in their historical and global contexts. You will ––

  • study the history of English and its spread around the world
  • analyse how English has been shaped and adapted by different cultures
  • learn how Shakespeare's plays have influenced the world  
  • study literatures in English from around the globe

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

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


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. 


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.