Texts are all around us - from books to magazines to TV, e-mail and the internet.
As texts of all kinds become more prominent and powerful in our lives, the ability to analyse them and appreciate their often elusive meanings becomes more highly prized.
The skills you will learn in an English Studies degree will enable you to recognise ideology and bias, and see through the spin of cultural and political debate. You’ll refine your ability to think and write clearly – valuable skills in many careers and professions. Our graduates are well prepared in these transferable skills and have an excellent success rate in finding rewarding employment in many fields.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
Students with A-level scores of ABB or higher may be permitted to enter in Year 2.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,555.00|
|Scottish and EU students||TBC|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,275.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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You may choose between two and four of the following introductory core modules:
These compulsory modules may offer the opportunity to present a piece of creative writing for assessment.
You will take the following compulsory module:
You may also take the following optional module (depending on the degree programme you are following):
You will choose either one or two of the following core modules (depending on the degree programme you are following):
You will choose between one and three of the following historically-orientated modules (again depending on the degree programme you are following):
You will choose from a range of Honours option modules. The selection of modules varies every year, but typical option modules may include:
This last semester is spent writing a dissertation (15,000 words for Single Honours; 10,000 words for Combined Honours). Every student is given a series of meetings with the tutor who will supervise their dissertation project and give feedback on each draft chapter as it is submitted.
Lectures are supplemented by teaching and discussion in tutorial groups. Options are taught by seminar only. Visiting creative writers, scholars and critics are involved in a lively programme of extra-curricular lectures and readings. We also host two Royal Literary Fund fellows who are on site specifically to give students extra one-to-one support as they develop their essay writing skills. Assessment takes the form of essays or other assignments written during each semester with credit sometimes given for oral presentations. There are no final exams in English.
English can be combined with a diverse range of other subjects, including Business Studies, Film & Media, Philosophy, Modern Languages, History and Professional Education.
|History and Professional Education||QXHC|
|Religion and Professional Education||QXJ1|
|Film & Media||QP33|
|Global Cinema and Culture||QP3H|
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
The structure of the Single Honours degree programme in English Studies is shown below; modules shown in italics are optional and can be replaced by another module.
|Year||Semester||Subject 1||Subject 2||Subject 3|
||1||Author, Reader, Text||Language in Society||any module|
|2||Texts and Contexts||Foundations of Language||any module|
||3||Meaning and Representation||Language and the Brain|
Writing and History; Writing and Identity; Writing and Language
From Medieval to Renaissance; Restoration and Eighteenth Century; History of the English Language
British Romanticism; Victorian Literature and Culture; Modernism and Modernity
either Semester 5 group
|6||Honours Option Module||Honours Option Module||Honours Option Module|
||7||Honours Option Module||Honours Option Module|
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The results of the UK’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirm the quality and impact of research produced in English Studies. 90 percent of our assessed research was graded ‘internationally recognised’, with more than half considered ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.
English Studies at Stirling has received an outstanding 100 percent overall quality and satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey, 2011, with staff being particularly praised for their ‘enthusiasm’ for making their subject ‘interesting’. This is the joint top result for English Studies across universities in Scotland and the UK.
Staff in English Studies research and teach in areas from the medieval period to the present day, as well as in linguistics and creative writing. We have recognised research and teaching expertise in Scottish Studies, the Gothic, Creative Writing, and Postcolonial Studies, and across literary periods ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. Currently two major literary series and two international journals are edited from within the School.
The tutors approach their subjects with an enthusiasm and passion which is both infectious and inspirational.
Martine Flynn BA (Hons) English Studies and Scottish Literature, graduated 2006.
The mixture of core and option modules has allowed me to concentrate on what interests me most while also introducing me to ideas and authors I might not otherwise have come across.’
John Miller BA (Hons) English Studies, graduated 2004.
The ability to think and write clearly is extremely valuable in many careers and professions. English Studies graduates from Stirling are well prepared in these transferable skills, and have an excellent success rate in finding rewarding employment in many fields.
Our English graduates are currently contributing to the performance of the following organisations:
Here are some of the roles our English graduates are in, who graduated in the past two years:
Building on that foundation, alumni of Stirling’s English degree who graduated between five and ten years ago have since advanced into some of the following positions:
Some of our more established alumni are currently leading and shaping strategy across many different sectors – here is an example of how a few former English students have advanced in their careers:
Find out more about the sorts of careers available to English graduates at http://www.afterenglish.ac.uk/