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English and Linguistics BA

Queen's University Belfast
3-6 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Fall 2021

Program description

English and Linguistics BA

Students undertaking English and Linguistics at Queen’s explore literatures in English in the widest possible sense. From the earliest writings in Anglo-Saxon to contemporary Irish, British, and ‘global’ literatures, students study English in its historical, cultural and ideological circumstances and material manifestations. Our language modules explore language structure and function; the day-to-day use of language, including in the media; and the major influences that have shaped English over the last millennium and a half.

Admission requirements

A level requirements

  • ABB including A-level English Note: for applicants who have not studied A-level English then AS-level English (grade A) would be acceptable in lieu of A-level English.

Access Course

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70% including an average of 65% in Literature modules.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • 33 points overall, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level, including English


A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirement is also met

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school.

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Program content

Stage 1

Core modules:

  • English in Transition
  • English in Context
  • Introduction to English Language
  • Adventures in the History of Ideas
  • Introduction to Creative Writing

Stage 2

Core modules:

  • History of English: Studying Language Change
  • The English Language: Language and Power
  • Foundations for Speech Analysis: The Phonetics of English

Optional modules:

  • Mapping the Anglo-Saxon World
  • Havoc and Rebellion: Writing and Reading Later Medieval England
  • Shakespeare and Co
  • Fiction to Austen (1660-1820)
  • Inventing America
  • Romantic Poetry (1789-1832)
  • Enlightenment and its Discontents
  • An Introduction to Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Reading Revolutions: The English Bible, Medieval to Early Modern
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Modern American Fiction: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality
  • Dickens and the Cult of Celebrity
  • Irish Literature

Stage 3

Optional modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Stylistics: Analysing Style in Language
  • Language in the Media
  • Televising the Victorians
  • Contemporary Irish and Scottish Fiction
  • Shakespeare on Screen
  • Contemporary Literature: Poetry and Precariousness in the 21st Century
  • Contemporary US Crime Fiction
  • Speech Worlds: Phonology in Acquisition and Disorder
  • The Structure of English
  • Marvels, Monsters and Miracles in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Women’s Writing 1660-1820
  • Restoration to Regency in Contemporary Fiction
  • Digital Textualities and the History of the Book
  • Writing Africa: The Colonial Past to Colonial Present
  • Irish Gothic
  • Stevens and Bishop
  • Special Topic Creative Writing
  • Special Topic Irish Literature

Tuition fees

  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £4,530
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £4,530
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £9,250
  • EU Other - £17,400
  • International - £17,400

Career opportunities

The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:

  • Speech Theraphy (after PG qualification)
  • Publishing, Media and Performing Arts
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Librarianship
  • Fast Stream Civil Service
  • Management Consultancy

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Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are ranked 200 in the...

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Queen's University Belfast

University Road
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom

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