SOAS University of London

Centre for English Studies, School of Arts

BA English and ...

Combined degree

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at A Level, or equivalent, is preferred.
A Levels:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

View alternative entry requirements

BTEC: DDM

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

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  • Overview
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  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
  • Employment
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Overview

Start of programme: September 2014

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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. 

At SOAS you will be in a fantastic professional network in the literary hub of the capital: a place to meet like-minded peers, but also alumni, staff, and visiting speakers.  Our new ‘Conversations in Bloomsbury’ series, launched in 2015, takes its inspiration from the book by Mulk Raj Anand and our own Faber Building, where T. S. Eliot, the famous poet and dramatist, worked as an editorial director when it was the home of independent publishing house Faber & Faber.

Many novelists, poets, journalists, theatre directors and performers have studied at SOAS: Jung Chang, Zeinab Badawi, Saira Shah, Freya Stark, MK Asante, Ishtiyaq Shukri, Willis Barnstone, among others.  Honorary graduates and fellows also include award-winning writers J. M. Coetzee, Ben Okri, Wole Soyinka, and Meera Syal. See our honorary fellows and honorary graduates pages.

The English degrees at SOAS place the academic study of English language and literature in the global setting of Asia and Africa, where SOAS has unmatched expertise in linguistic, cultural, political and social contexts.

Suggested readings for new students on this programme are available on the Year 1 module Global Shakespeare and, looking ahead, the Year 2 module, The Novel and Its Others.

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 BA English, please see Undergraduate admissions pages or contact the admission tutor for English, Dr Sarah Pett.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data


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

Combinations

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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Structure

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 modules in your language of choice visit the relevant half degree/language pathway pages.

Year 1
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
English in the Global World 152900111 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules

Choose one of the following:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ways of Reading: Introduction to Critical Theory 152900109 30 Full Year
Global Shakespeare 152900110 30 Full Year
Language Modules

Choose 60 credits in your chosen language. N.B. Students enrolled on BA English and Chinese take the compulsory English module and 90 credits of language modules in Year 1.

Year 2
Compulsory modules

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ways of Reading: Introduction to Critical Theory 152900109 30 Full Year
Global Shakespeare 152900110 30 Full Year
Optional Modules

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
The novel and its others 152900108 30 Full Year
Intercultural communication and interaction 152900107 15 Term 2
Issues in World Englishes 152900101 30 Full Year
Fictions of History 155901013 30 Full Year
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 30 Full Year
Contemporary African literature 155900839 30 Full Year
South Asian Literature in English 155900927 15 Term 1
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asian Literatures in Translation 155901316 15 Term 1
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 30 Full Year
The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures 155901326 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Persian Poetry in Translation 155901277 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901213 15 Term 1
Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901214 15 Term 2
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 15 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Language Module

Choose 60 credits 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 Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in English 152900105 30 Full Year
Optional Modules

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Empire and the Postcolonial: Race Genders, Sexualities 152900104 15 Term 1
Southern Spaces 152900102 15 Term 2
A special author 152900103 15 Term 1
Development Communication 151010044 15 Term 2
Contemporary African literature 155900839 30 Full Year
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asian Literatures in Translation 155901316 15 Term 1
The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures 155901326 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Persian Poetry in Translation 155901277 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 15 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 1
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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:

  • learn how Shakespeare's plays have influenced the world
  • study literatures in English from around the globe
  • 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.

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. In the School of Arts, most undergraduate modules have a one- or two-hour lecture or seminar every week. Some, but not all, also have a 1-hour seminar or tutorial every week.

More information is on the page for each module.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

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.

A Student's Perspective

Madiina Daher

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