The University of Southampton

Q391 BA English Literature, Language and Linguistics (3 years)

This degree programme for international students is taught by outstanding academics in English Literature and Modern Languages. The programme will appeal to anyone fascinated by the English Language but also how the language is manifested in historic, colonial and contemporary literature.

Introducing your degree

This distinctive degree course in English Literature, Language and Linguistics for international students allows you to explore the English language from a range of angles, scientifically through linguistics and historically through literary texts and cultures.


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Programme Structure

As a language student you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress. In all years of study you will benefit from our wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study, including extensive multimedia facilities and online resources.

Alongside your progression through the English language stages in each year of your degree, you will also follow a number of compulsory and optional modules in literature and linguistics. Each semester you will study four modules. One will be your language module. Usually, at least one will be an English literature module, and at least one will be a language/linguistics module. Your remaining optional modules are made up from a broad range available within the departments of English and Modern Languages (including cultural, social and political studies), or free elective modules. In your final year you will have the opportunity to prepare a dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor.

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Key Facts

  • 95% of our English students are satisfied with our teaching quality (National Student Survey 2013)
  • A wide range of options, including groundbreaking work in international writing, film studies and creative writing
  • The opportunity to study a language, plus student exchanges with Frankfurt, Lausanne, Barcelona and Cracow
  • Modern languages at Southampton has been ranked in the top five universities by The Guardian for the last four years

  • Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Polish

Did you know?

You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code Q392 when you apply through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

This course is for international students.

We consider applications from international students with strong grades in High School qualifications. Typically a GPA of 3.0 or percentage grades of 80%.

IELTS: We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

International Baccalaureate34 points overall with 17 at Higher level  

Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here


International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the IFY course page

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content


Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

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Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Year 1

Semester One

ENGL9___ English Language Stage

English: Narrative and Culture may be replace with an alternative module PLUS ENGL1004 Poetic Language OR ENGL1085 Multimedia Old English

Students can choose in semester one any other BA module option offered by Humanities. Students wishing to take non-English modules or non-Language /Linguistics modules must contact their Academic Advisor in the first instance.

Introduction to the English Language in its global context
Narrative and Culture

Year 2


Semester One

ENGL____ English Language stage

You must choose 3 modules from a defined list of LANG, LING, ENGL, likely to include  those modules below

You must choose at least one LING/LANG option and one ENGL literature option. The remaining module is your own choice.

Students can choose in each semester any other BA module option offered by Humanities. Students wishing to take non-English modules or non-Language/Linguistics modules must contact their Academic Advisor in the first instance.

Children's Literature
Modern Drama since World War II
Themes in Mid-Nineteenth Century American Literature
Images of Africa in Literature and Culture
Objects of Desire
Literatures of Islands and Oceans
Film Adaptation: Culture and Context
Visions of Beowulf: new encounters with Anglo-Saxon culture
Money and Meaning in American Fiction
Contemporary Women’s Writing
Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
Tales of Travel c.1000-1650: Idylls, Utopias, Monsters, and Cannibals
The Figure of the Child in Literature, Film and Culture
The Enlightenment Body
From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of ‘Race’, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
Women Writers Remixed ca. 1850—1915
Globalisation: Economics, Politics, Culture and the Nation State
Ethnography for Language Learners
Auto/biography, Testimony and Biography
Discourse Analysis
Sound and Voice
Semester Two

ENGL____ English Language stage 

You must choose 3 modules from a defined list of LANG, LING, ENGL, likely to include the modules below 

You must choose at least one LING/LANG option and one ENGL literature option. The remaining module is your own choice.

Students can choose in each semester any other BA module option offered by Humanities. Students wishing to take non-English or non-Language/Linguistics modules must contact their Academic Advisor in the first instance.

Postcolonial Texts and Contexts
Women, Writing and Modernity, 1770-1820
Writing Rural England
19th Century Novel
Problems in Shakespeare: Text, Print and Performance
Change and the English Countryside in the 19th Century
Brief Encounters: Writing Short Stories
Creative Writing after Modernism
British Culture in the 1980s’
Poems, Books and Anthologies
Contemporary Fiction and Visual Culture
Victorian Feelings
Patriots and Cosmopolitans: African modes of belonging
Making New York Modern
Syntax: Studying Language Structure
Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

Year 3

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentComputer Discs or USB drives - Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses - All software is provided Hardware - It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into our English modules from the first year onwards, right from the first lecture. We offer a number of optional employability modules.

As part of promoting extracurricular events, we support activities such as bringing Shakespeare to life in schools, and enjoy good relationships with local organisations. With many employers now expecting extracurricular or voluntary experience, this can prove vital.




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