BA (Hons) in English Studies


Program Description


Texts are all around us – from books and magazines to TV, email and the internet. The ability to analyse them and their often subtle meanings is a skill that can open doors in a wide range of professional fields.

English Studies at the University of Stirling offers you the perfect chance to dedicate yourself to reading and enjoying a range of great novels, plays and poems from across the world. Your own creative writing can form part of this degree, too - as we believe it aids your understanding of literary style and technique and develops your imagination. It’s just one of the factors that make our BA a little different from other English courses.

You’ll study literary works from the medieval period to the present day, as well as learn about linguistics, creative writing and the history of the English language. Along the way, you’ll benefit from top-rated teaching, visits from outside experts and the annual staging of the Booker Prize Initiative on campus – giving you the opportunity to meet world-renowned contemporary authors and discuss their work.

You also have the freedom to take English Studies with one of 12 other courses and earn a combined honours degree tailored to your unique ambitions.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 2nd in Scotland and top 20 in the UK for English Studies (The Complete University Guide 2018)

#2 Learn from visiting experts and authors and attend the Booker Prize Initiative on campus

#3 81% of our research in English studies is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

Course details

In Semesters 1-2, you'll take compulsory modules: Introduction to English Studies 1: Genres; and Introduction to English Studies 2: Theories Approaches; plus four additional modules from other disciplines, which could include Linguistics.

In Semester 3 you will study Literary Revolutions, and in Semester 4, you’ll study a choice of core modules including: Writing and History; Writing and Identity; and Writing and Language. In Semester 5, students choose from several period-based modules, such as: Modernism and Modernity; British Romanticism; and Victorian Literature and Culture.

Semesters 6 and 7 cover a range of optional modules which may include: Modern Gothic; Scottish Literature; Shakespeare’s Theatre; Jane Austin and Creative Writing.

The final semester will be spent writing your dissertation, supervised by your tutor.


You’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorial groups. Visiting creative writers, scholars and critics are involved in a lively programme of extra-curricular lectures and readings. We also host a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, who is on site specifically to give students extra one-to-one support as they develop their essay writing skills.


Assessment takes the form of essays or other assignments written during each semester, with credit sometimes given for oral presentations.

We don’t use exams on our English Studies course, as we feel written coursework creates a more productive and personal dialogue between you and your tutor, and is an effective method for fuelling both understanding and expression.

Study abroad

As a University of Stirling student, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

Find out more about studying abroad


Dr Suzanne Gilbert

+44 (0)1786 466206

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £ 12,140
  • Scottish and EU students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
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