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3-6 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
On campus

Program description

English BA

Students undertaking English Studies 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 (also available on the Linguistics pathway) explore language structure and function; the day-to-day use of language, including in the media; and the major influences that have shaped English.

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:

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

Continuing studies

English at Queen’s offers a range of Study Abroad opportunities, from the Erasmus programme with a range of European partners, to the chance to study at a number of partner institutions in the United States.

We welcome applications from European students who would like to attend Queen’s under the Erasmus programme. This programme enables students who are already enrolled at a university in Europe to take time out from their own institution and spend either one semester or a full academic year at Queen’s.

Career opportunities

Studying for an English degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.

Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including English. In particular, employers value the initiative, imagination, creativity and independence of thought fostered by the English degree.

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

  •  Advertising
  • Librarianship
  • Public Relations (£20,000)
  • Publishing, Media and Performing Arts (£16,000–£25,000)
  • Fast Stream Civil Service (£25,000)
  • 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

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BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom

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