BA English Language and Culture


Program Description

The BA in English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen is consistently rated as the best in the country. We teach exclusively in English, and all of our students profit from our strong research culture.

The program concentrates on different aspects of the English language and on literature written in English: language proficiency, linguistics, and the literature from the Middle Ages down to the present day, from the birthplace of the language in England to the United States and all parts of the Commonwealth. We cover theory, the entire range of genres and modes of writing, besides placing a strong emphasis on the cultural context of literary texts.

In the first year of the BA in English Language and Culture, you will read a broad range of literary texts and you will learn about English as a language. You will analyze many important works, study literary theory, and engage with writings in English from the beginning to the present. In the second year, you will be able to choose courses on medieval literary studies, modern literature, and linguistics. For instance, you can study the writings of premodern women, the myth of King Arthur, the modernist novel, Shakespeare and his time, contemporary American and post-colonial literature, or Language in use or Phonology. You can fully dedicate yourself to your main interest by writing a dissertation on your preferred topic in your third year. There is a range of minors that complement an English Language and Culture degree, and many students spend time at a foreign university, for example in the UK or New Zealand. After the BA degree, many students pursue one of the two MA programs we offer: such as English Literature and Culture; Writing, Editing, and Mediating or Applied Linguistics. You can also combine your MA in English with a teacher training course.

Why study this program in Groningen?

At the University of Groningen, we offer an integrated approach to the English language, linguistics, literature, and culture. In addition, we concentrate on training academic skills.


Year 1


  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Persuasive Expression (5 EC)
  • English Linguistics: Sentence Structure (5 EC)
  • Making Meaning: Introduction to English Literatures 1 (5 EC)
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Composition (5 EC)
  • English Linguistics: Sound Structure (5 EC)
  • Knowledge and Power (5 EC)
  • English Literatures: The Beginnings until 1550 (5 EC)
  • English Literatures from 1550: Periods and Contexts (5 EC)
  • EAP: Argumentation (5 EC)
  • English Linguistics: Sociolinguistics (5 EC)
  • Chaucer: Works and Background (5 EC)
  • Literary Theory for English Studies (5 EC)

Year 2


  • EAP: Popular Contexts (5 EC)
  • English Linguistics: Meaning and Use (5 EC)
  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature (5 EC)
  • EAP: Debate and Discussion (5 EC)
  • English Linguistics: Language Change (5 EC)
  • Reading Middle English (5 EC)
  • EAP: Research reports (5 EC)
  • Group A: English Linguistics: Phonology Laboratory. Or, in alternate years: English Linguistics: Morphology (5 EC, optional)
  • Group A: English Linguistics: Research Tools (5 EC, optional)
  • Group A: King Arthur, Romance and Empire (5 EC, optional)
  • Group A: Modern Literature option (5 EC, optional)
  • Group A: Revolutionaries and Romantics in English Literature. Or, in alternate years: Sensation & Victorian Culture (5 EC, optional)
  • Group B: Broken Images: Anglo-American Modernism. Or, in alternate years: Sick Jokes: Postmodernity & English Literature (5 EC, optional)
  • Group B: English Employed (5 EC, optional)
  • Group B: English Linguistics: Lexicon. Or, in alternate years: English Linguistics: Syntax (5 EC, optional)
  • Group B: Medieval Literature option (5 EC, optional)
  • Group B: Saints and Sinners in Medieval England (5 EC, optional)
  • Group B: Shakespeare at Stratford (5 EC, optional)
  • Group B: World Literatures in English (5 EC, optional)

Year 3


  • Minor (30 EC, optional)
  • Group C: English Linguistics: Language Variation (5 EC, optional)
  • Group C: Language and Culture of Anglo-Saxon England (5 EC, optional)
  • Group C: The Century of the Self: English Literature & Identity (1900-) (5 EC, optional)
  • BA Dissertation (Linguistics, Medieval Literature or Modern Literature) (10 EC)
  • Group D: English Linguistics: Language in Interaction (5 EC, optional)
  • Group D: Modern Popular Literature (5 EC, optional)
  • Group D: Special Topic Medieval Literature and Culture (5 EC, optional)


In years 2 and 3 students choose modules from a number of options. In year 2: Group A: In block 2a 10 ECTS choice of 2 out of courses Group A; Group B: In block 2b 15 ECTS choice from courses Group B. In year 3: Group C: In block 2a choice of at least one module out of Group C; Group D: In block 2b choice of at least one module out of Group D.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 16 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Entry requirements

Choice of degree program check

If you intend to start with a bachelor degree program at the University of Groningen in September, make sure to apply before May 1 in Studielink. The degree program will give you the option to participate in a matching activity to see if you and the degree program are a match. Which matchings activity they provide depends on the faculty and program.

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
language test Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).
previous education Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with Dutch 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned below.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 9500 full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first-year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

Job prospects

As a graduate, you can find a career in teaching, translating and publishing, government, cultural organizations, tourism, PR and communications, or consultancy firms. The positions you could hold are varied, but your communication skills will always be very important.

Job examples

  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Teaching
  • Literator
  • Interpreter / translator
  • Communications Advisor
  • Work within the international field


Research in the Department covers all areas of English literature and linguistics. Our particular strengths lie in modernism, pre-modern culture, and language development. We publish widely on topics such as critical theory, visual culture, travel literature, women's writing, medieval learning, and language acquisition and loss. Our staff members run or participate in a number of international research projects, including the Language Attrition project and the Hakluyt Editorial Project.

Last updated Jun 2020

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