UCL English


BA Modern Language and English

Please note that these degrees are administered by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society

English with another language

These degrees offers students the opportunity to study English together with a foreign language, typically in a 50/50 split. The language combinations currently available are:

First Year

Students enrolled on one of these degree programmes take half of their first-year papers in the English Department.

In common with students on the BA English, you would take Narrative Texts as a core course.

Students can then choose either Criticism and Theory or Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature.

Second and Fourth Year

For the English half of the degree, students choose four courses from the core courses (which are taught each year) or the option courses that are available that year.

These courses will be spread across your second and fourth years at UCL.

Students on these degree programmes may not take Commentary and Analysis.

For entry in 2024-25, the available 2nd/4th year options should be:

  • Chaucer
  • Shakespeare
  • Old English Literature I
  • Middle English Literature I
  • The Renaissance
  • Eighteenth Century
  • Victorian Period
  • Modern Period I
  • Literary Linguistics
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures

Further details of these courses can be found on the BA English page.

Students should refer to information provided by the home language department for information on course unit choices offered for the language part of the degree.

Students on these degree programmes are typically on a year abroad in their third year.

Teaching and Assessment

Students enrolled on one of these degree programmes are taught in lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is a lecture course which runs alongside each of your English courses, and a compulsory seminar series (for which you will be expected to do some background reading). In common with students on the BA English,  students will have a different personal tutor in the English Department for each of their three years at UCL, who will also teach you on a one-to-one basis.

Students enrolled on one of these degree programmes are expected to write two essays a term for your tutor. The topic of these essays are decided in agreement between you and the tutor, and will refer to the option courses which you are currently following. Your tutor will discuss your essay with you during the tutorial; this also provides an opportunity for your tutor to help you with your general academic progress and wellbeing, and for you to discuss any academic issues you may have with your tutor.

First year students sit two exams in the English Department- one in Narrative Texts, and one in your first year optional course. You will need to pass Narrative Texts in order to proceed to the second year.

At the end of the second year, you would sit two English exams on two of your optional papers: you would sit the other two at the end of the fourth year. Students may also choose to replace one of these exams with an 8,000 word Course Essay. 

Application and Assessment

UCAS applications for this course are initially received by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society. Candidates which they shortlist on the modern language side are then passed to the English Department for consideration. The assessments we use for these applications are the same as those for the standard BA English course.

    Any interviews for this course would be entirely based on the English side of the programme, and there would be no foreign language assessment at interview.