English language focuses on the past and present uses of the English language from everyday conversation to the language of literature and the media.
You will have access to two dedicated laboratories complete with special software for learning about and analysing spoken and written language.
You will learn about the structure of modern English, the history of English, and medieval language and literature.
You will focus on phonetics and grammar of modern English and on Old English, the ancestor of our modern language. You will then study varieties of English, semantics, the language of literature, Scots, the history of English and medieval English literature.
You will study the nature and types of speech behaviour in conversational contexts, the role of persuasive language in society, Old, Middle and Early Modern English language and literature (together with Old Icelandic literature in translation), lexicology and semantics, an introduction to English historical linguistics, and the theoretical bases of linguistic study.
You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Degrees in Arts, Life Sciences, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4
If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will study mainly core subjects in year 3, while in year 4 you will study mainly special options such as English historical linguistics, medieval literature, manuscript studies and book history, sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology, grammar and linguistic theory, digital humanities, and Scots language.
Our international links
We have a well-established EU exchange programme with opportunities to study for a year at universities including Alcalá, Groningen and Helsinki. Some of our students spend their third year in North America or Australasia, though special arrangements apply in these cases. Recent placements have been in Toronto, Auckland and Montreal.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2016
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include at least one arts, humanities or language subject.
- Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA/AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer).
- Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2016 once all applications have been reviewed.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include English and a humanities subject or language at Grades A/B or B/A.
See Access Glasgow for pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements.
Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.
- Art & Design
- Business Management
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Classical Greek
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Media Studies
- Modern Studies
- Personal and social education
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
- Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
- Other mandatory requirements: Three HL subjects at 6,6,5 including English and Humanities/Language. Whilst HL6 is preferred for English and Humanities/Language subjects, SL6 will be considered for one of the subjects. Applicants wishing to study Maths or Computing Science as optional subjects require Maths at HL6 or SL6 (Mathematics Studies is not accepted where Maths is required).
Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Arts European Requirements [pdf]
A-level and IB applicants can expect offers to be between the minimum and standard entry requirements depending on demand for places on the degree.
Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English language: B minimum.
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
An Honours degree in English Language opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Some of our graduates have gone on to pursue courses in speech therapy and lexicography (dictionary-making). Many of our students go abroad to teach English as a foreign language: our graduates have gone on to teach in Europe, Asia and South America.
Many of our students participate in internships with local firms (sometimes leading to job offers), and we run an in-house careers-oriented programme. Recent graduates have been employed by the French Ministry of Education, Aviva, First Data International, and YouTube.com.
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
English Language: Q300
- Archaeology/English Language: QV3L
Celtic Civilisation/English Language: QQM3
Celtic Studies/English Language: QQ3N
Comparative Literature/English Language: QQF3
Computing Science/English Language: GQ4J
Digital Media & Information Studies/English Language: GQ5J
Economics/English Language: LQ1H
English Language/English Literature: Q304
English Language/French: QR3D
English Language/German: QR3G
English Language/History: QV3D
English Language/Italian: QR3J
English Language/Latin: QQ3Q
English Language/Mathematics: QG3D
English Language/Music: QW3J
English Language/Philosophy: QV3N
English Language/Politics: LQ2J
English Language/Psychology: CQ8J
English Language/Russian: QRHT
English Language/Scottish History: QV3F
English Language/Scottish Literature: QQ2J
Gaelic/English Language: QQ53
Portuguese/English Language: 4W7V
Social & Public Policy/English Language: QL3L
Sociology/English Language: LQ63
Theatre Studies/English Language: WQ4J
Theology & Religious Studies/English Language: QV36
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:
The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.
The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.
UCAS tariff points
The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.
How soon will I receive a decision?
We will usually respond before the end of March.
If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.
If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.
Will I be interviewed?
An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.
Is deferred entry available?
For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
- The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.
We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.
British Sign Language
UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.