English BA (International Hons) 2021 entry
The BA (International Hons) in English will provide you with the opportunity to explore a range of historical periods and critical approaches to literature, across a wide variety of genres. Through this course, you will develop your writing skills, sensitivity to language, awareness of the intellectual challenges and aesthetic pleasures offered by literature, as well as understanding the cultural values it reflects. You can also choose to take creative writing classes.
The BA (International Hons) is a joint degree delivered by both the University of St Andrews and the College of William & Mary in Virginia, USA. This joint degree allows you to spend two years at each institution.
Bachelor of Arts (International Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 June 2025
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
Admission to the BA (International Honours) is highly competitive. These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.
- Standard entry grades: AAAAB, with an A in English
- Minimum entry grades: AABB, with an A in English
- Standard entry grades: AAA, with an A in English or English Literature
- Minimum entry grades: ABB, with an A in English or English Literature
- Standard entry grades: 38 (HL 6,6,6), with an HL6 in English
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5), with an HL6 in English
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes. Please see our entry requirements for more information.
If English is not your first language, you will need an overall IELTS score of 8.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
How to apply
You can only apply for the programme through one institution, and each institution will honour the admissions decisions of the other. You must specify which subject area you wish to apply for on your application form.
If you wish to begin your studies at William & Mary, you should apply through the William & Mary Common Application form.
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
Students must have studied English or English Literature at SQA Higher, GCE A-Level or equivalent.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
The School of English at the University of St Andrews enjoys an international reputation as a centre for both academic research and literary creativity.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated 86% of research from the School as world-leading and internationally excellent.
Find out more about studying English at St Andrews.
Students studying the English BA (International Hons) will take the required modules at both institutions in their first and second years.
The following modules are those offered at St Andrews. Find out more about module requirements at William & Mary.
At St Andrews, the compulsory modules in first year are:
- Culture and Conflict: An Introduction to Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature: introduces a small number of texts, in prose and verse, from the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Explorers and Revolutionaries: Literature 1680-1830: examines travel, colonialism, and different constructions of 'man’s natural estate' in the 18th century.
At St Andrews, the compulsory modules in second year are:
- Medieval and Renaissance Texts: introduces early forms of English language and literature, using specially edited texts from Old English, Middle English and Older Scots.
- Drama: Reading and Performance: introduces a number of representative plays from the Renaissance period and from the 20th century. Emphasis is placed upon the context in which these plays were first created and those in which they are now received.
Students will spend either their third or fourth year in St Andrews. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of advanced options.
Here is a sample of Honours modules that have been offered at St Andrews in recent years:
- Black and Asian British Writing
- Contemporary British Fiction
- Literature and Culture of Sport
- Literature and Ecology
- Postcolonial Literature and Theory
- Poetry and Cinema
- Reading Popular Music
- The Novels of Jane Austen in Context
- The Younger Romantics: Poetry and Prose (1810-1830).
For more examples, see a full list of Honours modules offered in the previous year: Honours choices 2020-2021 (PDF)
All English majors in the joint programme have the opportunity to work on an independent research project as part of their degree. You will either write a dissertation at St Andrews or take a senior research seminar at William & Mary.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules appropriate to the programme for the current academic year can be found in the programme requirements.
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