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Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature

Gain in-depth knowledge of the English language and its cultural impact on this BA English Language and Literature degree. Discover how English emerged, how it continues to change, and how it varies across its millions of speakers. You’ll explore writing in varieties of English from the early medieval period to the present day, as well as from around the world.

You'll combine both literary and linguistic approaches to the subject on this flexible course.

You’ll study topics such as:

  • the history and development of the English language
  • the cultural significance of English and its unique global status
  • phonetics, language acquisition and the psychology of language (psycholinguistics)

Optional modules mean you can adapt the course to match your interests. Topics you can choose to study include:

  • the Renaissance
  • 18th or 19th century writing
  • Arthurian literature
  • children's literature

You’ll learn from expert academics and graduate ready for a career across industries like:

  • education
  • mass media
  • advertising and marketing
  • speech therapy
  • writing and publishing

You’ll also be able to make use of our Lifelong Learning programme, which provides extracurricular teaching of some 12 languages.

Our degree programmes are informed by research carried out in our leading Research Centres, including the Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research and the Centre for Global Englishes.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Elements of Linguistics - Sound, Structure and Meaning
  • From English to Englishes
  • Poetic Language
  • The Making of Modern English
  • Theory & Criticism

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Applications of Linguistics
  • English Language Stage 4
  • English Language Stage 5
  • Language Acquisition
  • Literary Transformations
  • Structure of English
  • The Act of the Essay
  • World Dramas

Year 2

  • Syntax: Studying Language Structure
  • Variation and Change in English

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Decolonising Modernity
  • Globalisation: Culture, Language and The Nation State
  • Images of Women
  • Introduction to Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • Language, Ideologies and Attitudes
  • Making New York Modern
  • Modernisms
  • Multilingualism
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
  • Rakes to Romantics
  • Sound and Voice
  • Sweatshops, Sex workers, and Asylum Seekers: World Literature and Visual Culture after Globalisation
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • The Renaissance Body
  • Victorian Feelings
  • Women Writers Remixed ca. 1850-1915
  • Women, Writing and Modernity, 1770-1830

Year 3

  • English Language and Literature Dissertation

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Advanced Syntax
  • American dreams? Monetized bodies, terror, and trauma in American Drama
  • Animal Forms: poetry and the non-human
  • English as a Global Language
  • Eve and the Angels: Love, War, and the End of Epic in Milton's Paradise Lost
  • Fantasy Film and Fiction
  • Holocaust Literature
  • Inventing America
  • Jane Austen and the Regency World
  • Language Teaching Theory and Practice
  • Language Testing and Assessment in Society
  • Literatures of Islands and Oceans
  • Radical England: From Shakespeare to Milton
  • Representing Race: Politics and Identity in American Culture
  • Revolution and Romanticism: Literature of the 1790s
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociophonetic Project Module
  • The Historical Novel
  • Utopias and Dystopias in Literature and Culture
  • Victorian Bestsellers

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of award: English Language and Literature
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career paths

As an English language and literature graduate, you'll be qualified to work across a number of sectors; whether you're writing press releases, producing interviews or applying speech therapy techniques.

Areas you could go into include:

  • creative industries (eg publishing, advertising, marketing, design)
  • the arts and cultural sector
  • commercial graduate training schemes
  • civil service fast track
  • journalism
  • speech therapy

Our course will also give you a strong foundation in skills that are attractive to graduate employers. These include:

  • written and verbal communication
  • analytical and critical thinking
  • presentation
  • project management
  • research
  • organisation

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