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English Language, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #81 (QS) ,
The study of English Language from University of Birmingham demands discipline, observation, exploration and imagination. Some aspects, like phonology and grammar, ask for particular attention to detail, accuracy and logical argument. Other topics, such as child language development and language variation, demand an ability to collect, analyse and evaluate your own data. 


The BA English Language draws on Birmingham’s internationally renowned strength in corpus linguistics, grammar, stylistics, discourse analysis and applied linguistics. You will be able to tailor the programme to suit your strengths and interests and towards a wide range of careers. The skills you gain will make you a much sought after graduate. 

On this English Language programme offered by University of Birmingham you will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the English language. You will engage with the structure and character of English including phonology, lexis, grammar and discourse. You will study the ways in which English varies according to time, place and context. You will also discover the processes of learning the language, theories about language and methodologies and practices of linguistic research.

You will also have the chance to use new resources such as computer-held databases of linguistic data and you will be encouraged to embrace theoretical and technological advances in the study of language.

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  • Careers events - University of Birmingham hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
  • Global Challenge - you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
  • Work experience bursary - University of Birmingham encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
  • Cultural Internships - the innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

First year

  • Theories of Language
  • Fundamentals of Language: Sounds and Words
  • Fundamentals of Language: Grammar and Discourse
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Investigating Language
  • Widening Horizons Module
Second year
  • English Grammar
  • Professional Research Skills for Linguists
  • 4 English Language options 
Final year
  • Dissertation or Language Investigation
  • 4/5 English Language options 


    Students at the University of Birmingham are taught by a mixture of professors, senior lecturers, lecturers and doctoral researchers, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. 

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

      Schedule IELTS

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    • Minimum required score:


      PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    Academic Requirements

    General Requirements

    Number of A levels required:


    Typical offer:


    Required subjects and grades:

    A level in English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature or a Modern Foreign Language is preferred. 

    General Studies:

    Not accepted.

    Additional information:

    IB Diploma:

    6,6,5 in Higher level subjects plus 32 points overall.

    BTEC qualifications:

    • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM, plus an A at A-level in the required subject/s mentioned above.
    • BTEC Diploma: DD, plus an A at A-level in the required subject/s mentioned above.
    • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: D, plus AB at A-level, including an A in the required A-level subject/s mentioned above.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      17640 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 17640 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
    • EU/EEA

      9250 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for Birmingham

    • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    For those spending a whole academic year abroad (where available):
    • Students who are classed as home/EU for fees purposes are required to pay 15% of their normal annual tuition fee
    • Students who are classed as overseas for fee purposes are required to pay 50% of their normal annual tuition fee
    • For those studying abroad for just one semester (where available), normal annual tuition fees apply.
    Note - Study abroad opportunities vary between courses; please see the course description for details of study abroad options offered.

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