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Queen’s University Belfast English

English Studies at Queen’s brings together a variety of specialist approaches under a single subject heading.

Our literature modules encourage students to look at a writer’s works in the context of the historical period, the cultural background, and the literary genres to which these works belong. They also introduce students to critical theories such as feminism, structuralism and post-structuralism, which are now a significant part of literary studies.

Our language modules (also available on the Linguistics pathway) encompass the study of language structure and function, including the day-to-day use of the language and the major influences that have shaped it over the last millennium and a half.

Why Queen’s?

English Studies at Queen’s represents one of the most diverse areas of study and research in the Humanities, one that already has a worldwide reputation in its specialist fields of interest.

The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, under the auspices of the School of English, is the first Centre of Excellence for poetry in Ireland. It provides resources for emerging and established poets, researchers and critics, and serves to link creativity to criticism and academic scholarship, and ensures that the dynamic tradition of poetry at Queen’s extends to a wide audience and is of benefit to students, writers, and the community.

Course Content (including module information)

Stage 1

There are six English modules in Stage 1, including English Language and Creative Writing. Joint Honours students take three English modules, whilst Single Honours students take six English modules.

Stage 2

In the second year, students choose from modules in:

  • Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature
  • Foundations for Speech Analysis: The Phonetics of English
  • History of English:Studying Language Change
  • Introduction to Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama
  • Introduction to American Writing
  • Irish Literature
  • Late Medieval Literature
  • Literature and Society, 1850-1930
  • Mapping the Anglo-Saxon World
  • The English Language: Language and Power

Stage 3

In the third year, students choose from a representative range of specialist modules, including:

  • Broadcasting and Identity
  • Broadcasting in a Post-Conflict Society
  • Contemporary Indian Literature in English
  • Contemporary Irish and Scottish Fiction
  • Contemporary Literature: Poetry and Precariousness in the Twenty-First Century
  • Contemporary US Crime Fiction
  • Digital Textualities and the History of the Book
  • Irish Gothic
  • Language in the Media
  • Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century
  • Shakespeare on Screen
  • Literature and the First World War
  • Marvels, Monsters and Miracles in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Renaissance Performance, Gender, Space
  • Representing the Working Class
  • Special Topic Irish Writing Special Topic Creative Writing
  • Speech Worlds: Phonetics and Phonology in Communication
  • Stylistics: Bringing Language and Literature Together
  • Stevens and Bishop
  • Televising the Victorians
  • The Structure of English
  • Women’s Writing 1660-1820
  • Writing New York, 1880-1940

Entry Requirements

Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

A-level: ABB including A-level English for Single Honours and Joint Honours with French, History, Irish, Linguistics, Politics and Spanish. BBB including A-level English for other options. Note: for applicants who have not studied A-level English then AS-level English (grade A) would be acceptable in lieu of A-level English.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in English

All applicants: if you plan to study English as a Joint Honours degree you should refer to the subject requirements for the other course, in addition to those for English. 

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen’s University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen’s is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science.

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study – an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English – a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses at Queen’s should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen’s, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. A Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.