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BA English Language and Literature (2+2)


Language shapes our world and communicates knowledge. Communication through language and talk is universal across all cultures and has allowed humans to develop thought and share information.

The study of literature allows us to gain deep knowledge of other cultures and to develop analytical skills useful in a range of careers and professions.

This course will enable you to:

  • interpret and evaluate works of literature in English using different approaches and from different perspectives 
  • communicate effectively with others, as well think critically and form reasoned arguments 
  • gain valuable insights into diverse ways of thinking from different cultures, and deepen your appreciation of the creative resources of the English language 
  • develop an international perspective on the English language and its cultural history, through a focus on its literature, while pursuing linguistics-related modules 
  • gain sophisticated insights into human thinking, culture and linguistic creativity that will appeal to a range of employers.

The first two years of this course are shared with the sister degree, BA English Language and Applied Linguistics.

International opportunities

This degree is offered as a three- or four-year programme depending on your entry qualifications. Students will spend their last two years at The University of Nottingham UK Campus.

Entry requirements 

How to apply



Course structure

For domestic Mainland Chinese students the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year programme with the final two years at The University of Nottingham's UK Campus.

For international students the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year programme with the final two years at The University of Nottingham's UK Campus.

Year 1 (Preliminary Year)

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

In the preliminary year, the focus is on a special programme and English for academic purposes. Designed by staff at the University’s Centre for English Language Education, this programme prepares students for their degree courses.

Year 2 (Qualifying Year)


Students must take all modules in this group

Code Title Credits
ENGL1027  Introduction to Linguistics  20
ENGL1028  The Influence of English  20
ENGL1026  Studying Literature  20
ENGL1030  Introduction to Drama  20
ENGL1025  Language and Context  20
ENGL1029  Academic Community  20


Year 3 & 4

The final two years will be spent at The University of Nottingham's UK Campus.

Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on the Online Programme Catalogue

Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change. 


Careers and further study

As well as the types of careers available through the study of language, the skills gained from studying literature can lead to a wide variety of careers including:

  • Editing
  • Education 
  • Journalism 
  • Law 
  • Publishing 
  • Writing

Our graduates are highly successful in going onto further study and careers at prestigious institutions where advanced communication skills, analytical abilities and cultural awareness are highly sought after. Of the 31 undergraduates who graduated from the School of English in 2014 and continued onto postgraduate studies, 68% were admitted by world top 100 universities and 45% by world top 40 according to the 2013-14 QS World University Rankings. Typical graduate career destinations include: business and finance, journalism, publishing, teaching, internet and ecommerce, government and public institutions.

Student profile

Hu Lingling graduated in 2013 and went on to complete an MSc Education (Learning and Technology) on a scholarship at The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

She said: “I loved the course’s combination of English language and literature. The language modules provided me with a deep understanding of English language development and its relation to culture, ideology and society, while the literature modules expanded my learning of language and knowledge of culture and beliefs.

“One of the most important skills I gained from this degree was critical and analytical thinking, while other transferable skills included the ability to build coherent and compelling arguments.

“My degree refreshed my perspectives on the contemporary world and gave me more than I could ever have expected.”



For further information, please contact:

Margaret Dowens