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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SQA Higher: ABBB - one sitting. AABB - two sittings.
GCE A-level: BBB.
IB Diploma: 32 points.
BTEC (Level 3): DDM.
SQA Adv. Higher: ABB.
GCE A-level: ABB.
IB Diploma: 35 points.
Essential subjects: to include English or English Literature and Language.
Year one entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
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)||£ 11,845.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||
£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
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:
Literary Revolutions This module explores the revolutionary potential of literature and the relationships between actual, historical and political revolutions and literary revolutions (and the counter-revolutions prompted by these).
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 a Royal Literary Fund Fellow who is 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:
|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||Introduction to Literary Studies: Genre||Language in Society||any module|
|2||Introduction to Literary Studies: Theories & Approaches||Foundations of Language||any module|
||3||Literary Revolutions||Language and the Brain||any module|
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||Dissertation Preparation Module||Honours Option Module||Honours Option Module|
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.
English Studies has a long-established and vibrant research and teaching culture with staff in English Studies researching and teaching 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 Faculty.
Our staff are international leaders in their fields and have received recognition of this in the form of accolades and awards. Most recently, Kathleen Jamie’s The Bonniest Companie won the Saltire Book of the Year 2016, Kevin MacNeil’s The Brilliant and Forever was also shortlisted in Best Fiction category.
The lecturers’ passion and enthusiasm for their subject, their approachability and the diversity of the English Studies programme has resulted in an English Studies degree that has given me a wealth and breadth of theoretical and practical knowledge and the confidence that I have a solid foundation for Postgraduate study.Janine Mitchell BA (Hons) English Studies, graduated 2015.
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.
Studying English is acknowledged by potential employers as providing important skills as well as motivation, intelligence and an ability to meet deadlines. Although English is not a specifically vocational degree it offers a number of transferable skills including:
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As part of this degree you will:
*modules are subject to availability and the structure of your chosen degree
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We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.
Our alumni go into a range of careers but some notable alumni include:
Novelists Iain Banks and Alan Bissett, Poet Jackie Kay and Journalist Grace Dent.
From publishing to digital and editorial work, a degree in English opens up a broad range of opportunities
Jobs directly related to degree include:
Jobs where degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict research or ambition to the jobs listed here.
English Studies graduates are typically employed by:
A wide range of employers employ English studies graduates. Public and private sector organisations such as the National Health Service (NHS), educational institutions, local and national government, financial and legal firms, and voluntary and charitable organisations employ English graduates in a range of roles, including:
Other typical employers include:
The retail, leisure and tourism sectors also typically recruit English graduates.
Before and during your degree you are encouraged to consider volunteering for student newspapers and magazines, get involved with student radio or film societies, or volunteer in the community or local schools or volunteering as a Student Ambassador to assist at university events. Evidence of any skills gained from work experience and extracurricular activities, as well as through study, can help boost your job prospects.
Many English Studies graduates continue with further study of their discipline, possibly with the intention of pursuing a career as a lecturer, but often due a desire to develop their knowledge of the subject further to improve their career prospects. Other graduates chose to study something vocational at postgraduate level - common areas have included law, publishing and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). For careers such as law, lecturing and teaching, further qualifications are essential. For careers such as journalism and advertising, a postgraduate qualification may be useful, but it is relevant work experience that is essential.
Relevant further study available at Stirling includes: