SOAS University of London

Centre for English Studies, School of Arts

BA English (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

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

Entry requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: English Language or English Literature A level or IB equivalent is required
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

Programme Code: Q300 BA/ENG

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

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. 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 or contact the admission tutor for English, Dr Sarah Pett.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data

Structure

The programme consists of compulsory modules on key thematic concerns but with the flexibility to choose modules on either literature, language, linguistics, 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 Modules

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Global Shakespeare 152900110 30 Full Year
Ways of Reading: Introduction to Critical Theory 152900109 30 Full Year
Optional Modules - Year 1

Take guided optional modules to the value of 60 credits from List A or language modules below 

OR

Take 30 credits from List A or language modules below and 30 credits from the Language Open Options List or Non-Language Open Option List.

Year 2
Compulsory Modules - Year 2
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The novel and its others 152900108 30 Full Year
AND
Choose 60 credits from the Year 2 English modules or List B (Regional Literature) below
Guided and Open Options
EITHER

Choose 30 credits of guided options from Year 2 English modules or List B (Regional Literature) or List C (Linguistics) or List D (Cinema, Media and Society) or language modules.

OR

Choose 30 credits from the Language Open Options list or the Non-Language Open Options list.

Please note:  Students who want to take Psychology of Multilingualism (15 credits) in Year 3 must take Psychology of Language (152900082, 15 credits) in Year 2.

Year 3
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in English 152900105 30 Full Year
AND
Choose 60 credits from the Year 3 English modules or List B (Regional Literature) below
Guided and Open Options
EITHER

Choose 30 credits of guided options from Year 3 English modules or List B (Regional Literature) or List C (Linguistics) or List D (Cinema, Media and Society) or language modules.

OR

Choose 30 credits from the Language Open Options list or the Non-Language Open Options list.

Please note: Students who want to take Psychology of Multilingualism (15 credits) in Year 3 must have taken Psychology of Language (152900082, 15 credits) in Year 2.

List of Optional Modules

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

Year 2 - English Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intercultural communication and interaction 152900107 15 Term 1
Issues in World Englishes 152900101 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Fictions of History 155901013 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Year 3 - English Modules
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 2
Psychology of multilingualism: social and cognitive aspects 152900106 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Development Communication 151010044 15 Term 2
List A - Introductory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture in Africa 155900838 30 Full Year
Language in Africa 155900867 30 Full Year
English in the Global World 152900111 30 Full Year
Ch 103: History and Culture of China 155901001 30 Full Year
Japanese Cultural History to 1600: Power, Belief, Creativity 155901199 15 Term 1
Japanese Cultural History 1600 to 1945: Power, Belief, Creativity 155901200 15 Term 2
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 30 Full Year
Introduction to Israeli Culture 155900947 30 Full Year
South Asian Culture 155900812 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Introduction to South East Asia 155901320 15 Term 2
List B - Regional Literature Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
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 Not Running 2018/2019
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
Persian Poetry in Translation 155901277 30 Full Year
Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901213 15 Term 1
Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901214 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 15 Term 1
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 2
Imagining Pakistan: Culture, Politics, Gender 155906003 15 Term 2
List C - Linguistics Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Phonology 152900070 30 Full Year
Meaning and Interpretation 152900100 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Language, Society and Communication 152900083 15 Term 2
Morphology 152900036 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Psychology of Language 152900082 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Phonetics 152900094 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Topics in Lexical Semantics 152900065 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Historical Linguistics 152900037 15 Term 1
Linguistic Typology 152900044 15 Term 2
Extended Essay in Linguistics (A) 152900097 15 Term 1
Extended Essay in Linguistics (B) 152900098 15 Term 2
List D - Cinema, Media, Society and Migration Courses
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 15 Term 2
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 155903002 15 Term 2
South East Asia on Film 155901318 15 Term 1
Thailand on Screen (post '97) 155901317 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Indonesia on Screen 155901354 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Anthropology and Film 151802026 15 Term 1
Black Urban Studies 151230001 15 Term 1
History of Slavery: Britain and Slavery 151230005 15 Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in the Diaspora 151802052 15 Term 1
The Anthropology of African and Asian Communities in British Society 151802035 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 30 Full Year
Perspectives on African experience 155900933 30 Full Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
New Media and Society 151802070 15 Term 2
Perspectives on African experience 155900933 30 Full Year
African Philosophy 155901397 15 Term 1
Nation and Identity in Contemporary Japan 155901329 15 Term 1
Gender and Society in Contemporary Japan 155901330 15 Term 2
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

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

Undergraduate SOAS Global Leadership Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

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

Employment

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.

A Student's Perspective

Madiina Daher

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