BA English (combined)

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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.

May be combined with:

The programme is a joint degree with one of the languages listed below.

  • Arabic, Q3T6
  • Chinese, QT31
  • Hebrew, QQ34
  • History, Q3V1
  • Japanese, QT32
  • Korean, QT3K
  • Linguistics, QQ31
  • Persian, QT36 ( + Compulsory Year Abroad which is split between 2 countries)
  • South Asian Studies QT33
  • Turkish, QT3P
  • World Philosophies, Q301

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.

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.

Structure

Occasionally the availability of optional modules changes as a result of staffing and other circumstances. Students who had signed up for such modules will be notified as soon as possible and given the opportunity to choose from available alternatives.

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.

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Students will take the following two compulsory modules:

  • Ways of Reading: Introduction to Critical Theory
  • Global Shakespeare

Other Subject

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

Year 2

  • The novel and its others

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

Students must take the following compulsory module:

  • Dissertation in English

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
    • Fictions of History
    • Writing South Asia
    • Empire and the Postcolonial: Race Genders, Sexualities
    • Imagining Pakistan: Culture, Politics, Gender
  • Year 3 English modules
    • Southern Spaces
    • A special author
  • List A - Introductory Modules
    • Great Works: art, films, literature, music
    • Writing Across the Arts
    • Studying Popular Music
    • Introduction to Film Language, History & Theory
    • Sounds and Cultures
    • Decolonising Pop: K-Pop and Beyond
  • List B: Regional Literature
    • Literatures of the Near and Middle East
    • Contemporary African literature
    • Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation)
    • Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia
    • English Literatures of South East Asia
  • List C: Arts and Film
    • Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues
    • Pop and Politics in East Asia
    • Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries
    • Collecting and Collections
    • Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures
    • Curating Global Arts
    • Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest
    • Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World
    • Mughal Arts: Sound, Text, and Image

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

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

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 5 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

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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