English BA International Honours

University of St Andrews
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
St Andrews

About this program

English BA International Honours

The BA (International Hons) in English will provide you with the opportunity to explore a range of historical periods and critical approaches to literature, across a wide variety of genres. Through this course, you will develop your writing skills, sensitivity to language, awareness of the intellectual challenges and aesthetic pleasures offered by literature, as well as understanding the cultural values it reflects. You can also choose to take creative writing classes.

The BA (International Hons) is a joint degree delivered by both the University of St Andrews and the College of William & Mary in Virginia, USA. This joint degree allows you to spend two years at each institution.

Admission requirements

Admission to the BA (International Honours) is highly competitive. These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.

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  • SQA Highers
  • GCE A-Levels
  • IB points

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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First Year

At St Andrews, the compulsory modules in first year are:

  • Culture and Conflict: An Introduction to Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature
  • Explorers and Revolutionaries: Literature 1680-1830

Second Year

At St Andrews, the compulsory modules in second year are:

  • Medieval and Renaissance Texts
  • Drama: Reading and Performance


Students will spend either their third or fourth year in St Andrews. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of advanced options.

Here is a sample of Honours modules that have been offered at St Andrews in recent years:

  • Beowulf
  • Black and Asian British Writing
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Literature and Culture of Sport
  • Literature and Ecology
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • Poetry and Cinema
  • Reading Popular Music
  • The Novels of Jane Austen in Context
  • The Younger Romantics: Poetry and Prose (1810-1830).

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

At St Andrews, modules are delivered through lectures which are supported by smaller seminar groups or tutorials.

Typical English class sizes at St Andrews are:

  • First year: lectures – 240, tutorials – 5 to 9
  • Second year: lectures – 150, tutorials – 5 to 9
  • Honours: classes generally have no more than 20.

Though a good deal of the study of English involves individual effort, group work provides a sense of confirmation, fruitful disagreement, and community to complement the sometimes solitary business of reading and writing.

In addition to these classes, students at St Andrews are expected to undertake substantial independent, but guided, work outside of the classroom. Typically, this will involve:

  • working on individual and group projects
  • undertaking research in the library
  • preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • preparing for examinations.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Career paths

The skills you gain through studying English are marketable in many career areas, and recent graduates in English have pursued a wide variety of career paths.

Perhaps the major strength of all English graduates is communication skills, both in speech and in writing. Other skills you will develop during your degree include:

  • critical analysis
  • structuring information
  • organisation of time and workload
  • effective IT skills.

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University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first University. As a 600 year-old institution, we are known across the globe for our world leading quality and depth of research. For six centuries some of the world’s brightest and most promising...

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Studying in St Andrews is a unique and rewarding experience that will take your skills and knowledge to the next level.

Students at St Andrews have access to some of the world’s best professors and lecturers and a degree from the University of St Andrews is sought after by employers around the world.

In addition to award-winning teaching and research, the University of St Andrews has an array of facilities which result in high levels of student satisfaction and a world class reputation.

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St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews

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