MA English Language and Literature
UCAS code: Q300
Duration: 4 years
School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
You will take two semester-long introductory courses, which show you different aspects of the English language and teach 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 semester-long courses looking at linguistic theory and and its application to English, and at the patterns of variation and change in English as it has developed in and beyond the UK.
You will also take either English, or Scottish, Literature 2, a year-long course 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 additional courses in linguistics and English language.
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 write an 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.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
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.
How will I learn?
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.
How will I be assessed?
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.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
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.
Typical offer range
The typical offer is likely to be:
- SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB.
- A Levels: AAA - ABB.
- IB: 40 points (766 at HL) - 34 points (655 at HL).
The access threshold for a contextual offer is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (655 at HL).
Detailed requirements for all applicants
To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following requirements:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. Higher English required. National 5: Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
- A Levels: ABB including English Literature or combined English. GCSEs: Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
- IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including English. SL: Mathematics or an approved science at 4.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International Foundation Programme
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.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
English language tests
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
- IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
- SQA National 5 Grade C
- SQA Standard Grade 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
- SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
- GCSE Grade C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate Grade C
- IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
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