SOAS University of London

Centre for English Studies

BA English

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 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)

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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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Overview

Programme Code: Q300 BA/ENG

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. 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 Unit value Term Availability
English in the Global World 152900111 1 UnitFull Year
Global Shakespeare 152900110 1 UnitFull Year
Ways of Reading: Introduction to Critical Theory 152900109 1 UnitFull Year
Optional Module

Select either a language module OR a module from List A OR an open option at an introductory level to the value of 30 credits

Year 2
Core Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
The novel and its others 152900108 1 UnitFull Year
Optional Modules

Choose modules to the value of at least 60 credits from the list below and/or from List B.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Fictions of History 155901013 1 UnitFull Year
Issues in World Englishes 152900101 1 UnitFull Year
Intercultural communication and interaction 152900107 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Optional Modules

Choose a further 30 credits at the appropriate level from List B, C or D OR a language option OR an open option.

Year 3
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Dissertation in English 152900105 1 UnitFull Year
Optional Modules

Choose 60 credits from the following AND/OR from List B.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Empire and the Postcolonial: Race Genders, Sexualities 152900104 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Southern Spaces 152900102 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
A special author 152900103 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Psychology of multilingualism: social and cognitive aspects 152900106 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Development Communication 151010044 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Optional Module

Choose a further 30 credits, at the appropriate level, from the list below OR a from List B, List C or List D OR a language option OR an open option.

List of Optional Modules

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

List A - Introductory Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Culture in Africa 155900838 1 UnitFull Year
Language in Africa 155900867 1 UnitFull Year
Chinese 103: History and Culture of China 155901001 1 UnitFull Year
Aspects of Japanese Culture 1 155901199 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Aspects of Japanese Culture 2 155901200 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Culture and Society in Modern and Contemporary Korea 155900809 1 UnitFull Year
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 1 UnitFull Year
Introduction to Israeli Culture 155900947 1 UnitFull Year
Introduction to South East Asia 155901320 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
South Asian Culture 155900812 1 UnitFull Year
List B - Regional Literature Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Southern Spaces 152900102 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 1 UnitFull Year
Contemporary African literature 155900839 1 UnitFull Year
South Asian Literature in English 155900927 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asian Literatures in Translation 155901316 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 1 UnitFull Year
The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures 155901326 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Persian Poetry in Translation 155901277 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901213 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901214 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea 155901389 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
List C - Linguistics Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to Phonology 152900070 1 UnitFull Year
Meaning and Interpretation 152900100 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
General Linguistics: Understanding Language 152900069 1 UnitFull Year
Language, Society and Communication 152900083 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Morphology 152900036 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Psychology of Language 152900082 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Phonetics 152900094 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Topics in Lexical Semantics 152900065 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Historical Linguistics 152900037 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Linguistic Typology 152900044 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Extended Essay in Linguistics (A) 152900097 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Extended Essay in Linguistics (B) 152900098 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
List D - Cinema, Media, Society and Migration Courses
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Japanese Cinema: A Critical Survey 155901181 1 UnitFull Year
South East Asia on Film 155901318 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Thailand on Screen (post '97) 155901317 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Indonesia on Screen 155901354 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Anthropology and Film 151802026 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Cinema and Society in South Asia: History and Social Context 155906000 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Black Urban Studies 151230001 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
History of Slavery: Britain and Slavery 151230005 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
African and Asian Cultures in the Diaspora 151802052 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
The Anthropology of African and Asian Communities in British Society 151802035 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 1 UnitFull Year
Perspectives on African experience 155900933 1 UnitFull Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
New Media and Society 151802070 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Perspectives on African experience 155900933 1 UnitFull Year
Filmmaking and Curatorial Practices in the Age of Festivalization 155902002 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
African Philosophy 155901397 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Situating China I: China and Other World Views Before 'Westernization' 158000152 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Situating China II: Missionaries and Misfits in the British Construction of China 158000153 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Issues in Post-war Japanese Society 1 155901329 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Issues in Post-war Japanese Society 2 155901330 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Society, Culture and Politics in Nepal 155901305 1 UnitFull Year
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 1 UnitFull Year
Sages Through the Ages: Confucius and Laozi 158000133 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

Fees for 2017/18 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 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

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

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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