English Studies

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2018

Programme Code:
HGENS revision 13.1
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
11 March 2016
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
29 August 2016
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
11 March 2016

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.


The bachelor's programme in English Studies aims to reflect the diversity of contemporary English scholarship while simultaneously reflecting the research interests of the faculty. The programme is therefore designed around current understandings of the theory and practice of language and literature in their various social forms.

In linguistics, we emphasise fields such as phonetics, sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis, along with how the English language has developed as a global language of communication. In literary studies, the focus is the study of language-centred cultural production in general, particularly with regards to narrative, relations between text and image, and literary and cultural theory. Specific attention is also given to examining how power operates through language, concentrating especially on gender, class, and ethnicity/race, but also on how technology and aesthetics contribute to contemporary understandings of the world. This mix of subjects and perspectives enables the student to develop a sophisticated, critical consciousness and an awareness of the ways in which language is structured and used for different purposes in a range of contexts. In addition to literature, these contexts comprise visual communication, art, music, advertising, and span the emerging global-technological cultures of the English-speaking world.

The programme emphasises the student's own written and oral production, and offers the student the opportunity to include performing arts and creative writing into the curriculum, thus merging critical and creative thinking. English Studies students gain skills that are applicable to a broad range of career opportunities, including teaching, media (for instance editing, publishing, journalism, advertising, TV, radio, and film), as well as business and administration. Students learn to analyse, evaluate, and create a wide range of texts. These transferable skills are favoured by employers who place a high value on: the construction of clearly expressed arguments; the logical presentation and analysis of ideas; the production of creative solutions; the competent management of large amounts of complex information; and the use of initiative in conducting independent research.

The programme provides a suitable foundation for graduate studies in English, creative writing, teaching, and other fields, both in Europe and abroad.



For programme with start Autumn 2018:
Autumn 2018 - Semester 1
Spring 2019 - Semester 2
Autumn 2019 - Semester 3
Spring 2020 - Semester 4
  • See comment below
Autumn 2020 - Semester 5
  • See comment below
Spring 2021 - Semester 6
In the final semester of the programme, it is compulsory for the students to select either the literary or linguistics option.

During semester four and five, students take elective courses, with the possibility of completing these at universities abroad.

Terms one, two and six are part of the main field of study and are compulsory for a degree in English Studies.

Learning outcomes

First-cycle courses and study programmes shall develop:

  • the ability of students to make independent and critical assessments;
  • the ability of students to identify, formulate and solve problems autonomously; and
  • the preparedness of students to deal with changes in working life.
In addition to knowledge and skills in English, students shall develop the ability to:
  • gather and interpret information at a scholarly level;
  • stay abreast of the development of knowledge; and
  • communicate their knowledge to others, including those who lack specialist knowledge in English.
Knowledge and understanding
In order to receive a bachelor's degree in English Studies, the student shall:
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in their main field of study, including: knowledge of the field's disciplinary foundation, understanding of applicable methodologies in the field, specialised study in some aspect of the field; and awareness of current research issues.
Competencies and skills
In order to receive a bachelor's degree in English Studies, the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability to search for, gather, evaluate and critically interpret relevant information for a formulated problem, as well as the ability to discuss phenomena, issues and situations critically;
  • demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate and solve problems autonomously and to complete tasks within predetermined time frames;
  • demonstrate the ability to present and discuss information, problems and solutions in speech and writing, as well as in dialogue with different audiences; and
  • demonstrate the skills required to work autonomously in their main field of study.
Evaluation and approach
In order to receive a bachelor's degree in English Studies, the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in their main field of study, informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues;
  • demonstrate insight into the role of knowledge in society and the responsibility of the individual for how knowledge is used; and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify needs for further knowledge and ongoing learning.


Bachelor's Degree.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Studies.

Other Information

The language of instruction is English.

Progression requirements within the programme:
To continue studies from term one to term two: 15 credits from term one.
To continue studies from term two to term three: 30 credits from term one.
To start the final term of the programme: 150 credits (exceptions may be granted for students who have 90 credits from term one to term three).