UCAS code: Q300
Duration: 4 years
School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
You will take our carefully designed introductory course, which shows you different aspects of the English language and teaches you the relevant principles of linguistics to permit the analysis of written and spoken English.
Alongside this, you will take either English, or Scottish, Literature 1. You will learn key stylistic and conceptual aspects, as well as ideas about the historical development of English Literature.
You will take two further courses looking at linguistic theory and research techniques, the structure of spoken and written English, and at the patterns of linguistic change as it has occurred in and beyond the UK.
You will also take either English, or Scottish, Literature 2, which will explore the scope of literature with emphasis on literary movements and contexts, and literatures capacities and limits. We also encourage you to select relevant linguistic option courses.
You can start to specialise and choose the topics that interest you most. Courses in English language available at this level include: Reading Old English; Dialects of Britain and Ireland; Global Englishes; English Word Formation; and many more.
Courses offered in literature at this level include: Creative Writing; Contemporary Fiction; Modernism; Critical Practice; and more.
You will continue to choose specialist modules according to your interests. You will also take a specialised research training course before starting your honours dissertation, which is regarded by many students as the most valuable experience of their undergraduate studies.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
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Lectures and seminars will be held within the University’s Central Area. You will also have full access to the University’s libraries and computing facilities.
Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.
Most courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and some small group project work. You will also do some independent practical work in Year 2 and more independent study in Years 3 and 4.
During Years 1 and 2 you will undergo continuous assessment through tests and assignments. In Years 3 and 4 you will be assessed through coursework, exams, projects and your dissertation.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
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Popular career paths for English language graduates include journalism, publishing, PR, advertising, and, with additional training, speech and language therapy. You can also train to teach English in the UK or abroad.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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