SOAS University of London

Centre for English Studies, School of Arts

BA English and ... (2019 entry)

Combined degree

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

From Shakespeare to Rushdie, and Anglo-Saxon to Afrofuturism, this unique programme engages critically with texts and writers from across the globe, creating a student experience that is fresh and exciting.

Why study BA English at SOAS?

  • English at SOAS is the first degree of its kind in the UK.

  • We adopt a global perspective, which means you will be introduced to a diverse range of authors and texts, not typically explored on more traditional BA English degrees.

  • You will develop both your critical thinking and reading, which will transform your ability to engage with (and enjoy) literary texts.

  • 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, Imtiaz Dharker,  Meera Syal, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

  • You will be able to choose from a broad range of optional modules  ­– so you can tailor your degree to your own interests and aspirations.

  • Based in Bloomsbury, London’s famous Knowledge Quarter, you will have easy access to some of the finest bookstores the capital has to offer - not to mention the British Library, a mere 10 minutes walk from our campus.

What will you study?

On a combined, two-subject degree programme, the study of English is combined with that of another subject. See the ‘Combinations’ tab for the list of subjects that can be taken. Some two-subject programmes are completed in three years while others take four years and include a year abroad. 

We are interested in the ways in which English - in all its variations - 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. 


To that effect, you will be introduced to:

  • an exciting cross-section of twentieth- and twenty-first-century reimaginings of Shakespeare's plays, from global popular cinema to prize-winning novels and experimental theatre. 

  • The compelling world of critical theory and the overlapping networks of ideas that have radicalised ways of reading, opening up literary studies to texts of all kinds

  • The development of the English language novel, from its origins in fictional diaries, letters, and oral accounts, through the emergence of major genres such as the social problem novel and detective fiction, to contemporary graphic novels

See the English ‘Introductory Reading List’ blog for suggested key readings across a range of modules on the degree.

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.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

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

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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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Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£17,750


Fees for 2019/20 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

Convenors


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

Please note that modules need a minimum number of students to run. Should the module not run, students will be notified of an alternative.

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

BA English and... includes a Year Abroad in Year 2 or Year 3 as applicable if the second subject is a language.

Please note: For specific information on the programme structure for BA English & Linguistics, please refer to the BA English & Linguistics Programme Specification PDF file.

Year 1
Compulsory Modules: Year 1 

Students will take the following two compulsory modules

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

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits in their second subject

Year 2
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The novel and its others 152900108 30 Full Year

And

Students will take modules to the value of 15 credits from the Year 2 English modules

And

Students will take modules to the value of 15 credits from the Year 2 English modules or List B (Regional Literature) or List C (Arts and Film)

Please note:

Combinations with language only: The regional literature course must be different from that of the region of the language studied.

Other Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits in their second subject

Year 3
Compulsory Modules - Year 3

Students must take the following  compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in English 152900105 30 Full Year
AND

Students will take modules to a value of 30 credits from Year 3 English modules or List B (Regional Literature) or List C (Arts and Film).

Please note:

Combinations with language only: The regional literature course must be different from that of the region of the language studied.

Other Subject

Students will take modules to the value of 60 credits in their second subject

List of modules (subject to availability)

Year 2 & 3 - English Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Fictions of History 155901013 30 Full Year
Writing South Asia 155900927 15 Term 1
Empire and the Postcolonial: Race Genders, Sexualities 152900104 15 Term 1
Imagining Pakistan: Culture, Politics, Gender 155906003 15 Term 2
Year 3 English modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Southern Spaces 152900102 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
A special author 152900103 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
List A - Introductory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Great Works: art, films, literature, music 158100003 15 Term 2
Writing Across the Arts 158100012 15 Term 1 - This module will first be offered in 2019/20
Studying Popular Music 155800090 15 Term 1
Introduction to Film Language, History & Theory 158100009 15 Term 1 - This module will first be offered in 2019/20
Sounds and Cultures 155800071 15 Term 1
Decolonising Pop: K-Pop and Beyond 155800089 15 Term 2
List B: Regional Literature
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 30 Full Year
Contemporary African literature 155900839 30 Full Year
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 30 Full Year
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 15 Term 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 15 Term 2
List C: Arts and Film
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 15 Term 1
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 15 Term 2
Collecting and Collections 154900189 15 Term 1
Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures 158100002 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Curating Global Arts 158100004 15 Term 2
Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest 155904001 15 Term 2
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Mughal Arts: Sound, Text, and Image 158100005 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

BA English and... includes a Year Abroad in Year 2 or Year 3 as applicable if the second subject is a language.

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

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

The Travelling Africa course took me on a journey across the African continent from Cape Town to Cairo, via Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan and everywhere in between.

Milo Gough

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