If you are interested in how our language evolved and the ways in which it has created some inspirational writers like Scott, Burns, Barrie, Doyle, Stevenson, this could be the programme for you. You will be immersed in wonderful characters, stories and literature of Scotland understanding the history, culture and arts of the time and how the language and literature fits in. You will study the classics of Shakespeare, controversial literature and Romantic, Victorian and other times. Have you ever wondered how our language was created and why we speak like and write like we do? What inspires us to write great works and why are they great? We have a vast and interesting past of conflict, settlers from Scandinavia to Germany and Africa leading to Brythonic, Norn, Doric, and Gaelic. English itself is complicated by words similar to Viking, Italian, French, Gael, German and other more exotic influences due to our trading and travelling past. Aberdeen offers focused, supportive teaching from internationally renowned scholars who are leaders in their field. Our flexible, modular degree programmes in English allow you to develop your own interests and enthusiasms while acquiring advanced critical and communicative skills that will prepare you for a wide range of careers. Our literature has inspired people the world over to create and understand the times we live in, documenting them forever, inspiring our imagination and creating visions from the past in our minds. The literature of Scotland is intertwined with heritage and innovation from the early Middle Ages to the modernist period looking at the great periods such as Romanticism and writers such as Sir Walter Scott. In Aberdeen, we are not far from the birth place of J.M.Barrie of Kirriemuir who inspires childrens imaginations globally and the adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson and more recently Alistair McLean to give a different dimension to our survival instinct in modern times. Throughout all of this literature we are able to build a picture of living, culture, history and thinking of each period. With English you can also look at literature from Ireland, translated European literature and American literature looking at the approach to writing, theory and reading.
View all modules on the programme page to find out more about what you will be studying and when. University of Aberdeen modules are designed to give you breadth and depth to your degree. The range of modules you study will allow you to become proficient in all subjects which are directly relevant to your degree giving you greater career options.
Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 5.5 or above; Speaking - 5.5 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||78||TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above; Reading - 18 or above; Speaking - 20 or above; Writing - 21 or above.|
|PTE Academic||59||Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 59 or above; Writing - 59 or above.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Pass overall at ISE II with a distinction in writing and merit in the other three skills.|
|Institution's Own Test||Academic English Pre-sessional Programmes - Pass (valid for one year) OR Academic English Preparation Programme - Pass at Level Four (valid for one year)|
To study for an undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations. We can assess your English language proficiency through a variety of means: through your nationality, through the qualifications you gained in high school, or through a recognised English language test. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your degree programme, unless otherwise stated.
Please use the checklist at the following webpage to determine how you can meet our English language requirements:
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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