Studying English and a modern language gives you the opportunity to explore connections and interactions between cultural traditions. You will divide your time equally between the two subjects, following modules designed to help you develop your linguistic skills, and introducing you to a range of theoretical and critical approaches to English studies. In your third year, you normally spend a year abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken – either studying or working, depending on your placement.
Why study English and Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary?
English at Queen Mary was ranked 2nd in the UK by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), ahead of Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, with more than 70 per cent of our academics working at a world-leading or internationally excellent level. You will benefit by learning from people who are passionately engaged with their subject. We also do well in national university rankings: English at Queen Mary was ranked 9th in the UK by The Times Good University Guide 2013 and 10th by the Guardian University Guide 2013. In the most recent National Student Survey (NSS 2011), 91 per cent of our students were satisfied overall with the quality of the course.
You will also have the opportunity to benefit from all sorts of interesting activities taking place within the department including visits to museums; theatre trips; and talks by eminent writers, actors and other media luminaries.
Several members of staff are stars in their own right: Professors Michèle Barrett and Jacqueline Rose are well-known for groundbreaking work on feminist theory, and are frequently heard on radio, along with other members of the department, such as Professor Peggy Reynolds and Professor Jerry Brotton. Radio 3’s recent list of “new generation thinkers” – up-and-coming public intellectuals “with a passion for communicating the excitement of modern scholarship” – included Shahidha Bari.
You’ll also have the chance to study in the USA, through the College’s exchange scheme, a real benefit if you are studying American literature. We have a very wide range of option modules. The interactions between English and other disciplines you may have studied at school will be clear in modules such as British Culture in the 1950s, Reading Psychoanalysis, or Critical Aesthetics. The different focuses of literary writing – from crime in the city to scientific discoveries to nationalism – will make you aware that all literary texts are voices of people and societies both like and unlike our own. Studying these will stretch you far beyond your A-level reading and you’ll find that your spare-time reading has dimensions you had never thought of.
Hispanic Studies is taught in the thriving School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. In the Government’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), we were ranked highly for the quality of the research being carried out by staff. In particular, Linguistics was ranked 1st in the UK, and Russian and Iberian Languages were ranked in the top 10. This means that you will be taught by leading specialists of international standing whose cutting-edge research informs their high-quality teaching .
In the last National Student Survey (NSS 2011), 86 per cent of our students were satisfied with the quality of the course overall.
In the third year of your degree, you will spend a year abroad. This gives you an exceptional opportunity to develop your language skills among native speakers. If you are studying two languages you can divide your time between two countries, or spend a full nine months in one country, and three months over the summer vacation in the other. You have three main options for how to spend the year abroad: teaching English as a foreign language assistant; attending university abroad on an Erasmus exchange; or in the professional world, either on a work placement, with the School’s support, or independently, with the School’s approval.
We pride ourselves on the facilities we offer. Our computing services make us one of the best equipped languages departments in the UK. Advisers are on hand to help you take advantage of multilingual word-processing and to point you towards websites useful for language study. Our custom designed Language Centre provides state-of-the-art language teaching and learning facilities. We also subscribe to many foreign newspapers and journals.
The College Library has extensive audio-visual facilities, a large collection of videos and DVDs and is equipped for viewing satellite TV. Students also enjoy lively language clubs and societies which organise film showings, outings, drama productions and regular social meetings which give you the chance to practise your language.
English compulsory modules:
- English, Reading, Theory and Interpretation
Then choose either:
- Shakespeare, OR
- Literatures in Time: Texts and Contexts from the Eighth to the Sixteenth Century, OR
- Poetry: A Basic Course, AND
- Fiction and Narrative
Hispanic Studies core and compulsory modules:
- Introductory Spanish* (for ab initio entrants) / Spanish I* (for post A Level entrants) / Spanish I N (for Heritage speaker entrants) (*QMUL Model Module)
- Introduction to Hispanic Studies (QMUL Model Module)
- Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages
- Spanish II
- Key Concepts for the study of Latin American Cultural History (for ab initio entrants only)
Hispanic Options include:
- Cuban Poetry and Fiction: Post 1980
- Catalan Cinema
English options include:
- Nineteenth-Century American Literature
- Victorian Poetry
- Writing South Africa
- Reading Psychoanalysis, Reading Literature
Year abroad: Written and oral assignments
In your final year you take the English Dissertation
- The remainder of the modules in your second and final years are optional, and you can choose from a list of optional modules which reflect your own particular interests.
Hispanic Studies core module
- Spanish III
Hispanic options include:
- Advanced Oral Competence in Spanish
- War, Humour and Love in Medieval Spanish Literature
- Cervantes and the Nature of Fiction
- The Mexican Revolution and its Aftermath
- Spanish Translation: Theory and Practice
- Cuban Society through Film: post 1959 Revolution
For a complete list of modules please visit the directory of modules http://www.qmul.ac.uk/modules/
Use the following abbreviation in the Code search
- POR – Portuguese
- CAT – Catalan
- HSP – Hispanic Studies
- ESH – English
QMUL will aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. However, it is important to realise that in some circumstances, we may change aspects of your programme. See our full terms and conditions to read more:
2018 Entry requirements
|A-Level||Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in A-Level English Literature or English Language and Literature. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or have experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.|
|IB||International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in Higher Level English A.|
|BTEC||See our detailed subject and grade requirements|
|Access HE||We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in English Literature or Literacy modules at Distinction. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue.|
|GCSE||Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.|
|EPQ||Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.|
|Contextualised admissions||We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.|
2017 Entry requirements
Typical grades required: AAB - ABB points from three A-levels with an A in English Literature or Language & Literature and a B in a language.
Excluded subjects: General studies, critical thinking.
Subjects and grades: 32 points overall including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in Higher Level English A1 or A2 and 5 in a Higher Level language.
General Admissions Entry Requirements
English Language Proficiency
All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.
Vocational and Other Qualifications
The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application for individual advice.
If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.
We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.
European and International Applicants
Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.
Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to advise you further.
For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
See our information and guidance on how to apply.
Learning and teaching
Learning and Teaching:
We teach our programmes in a variety of ways, some traditional, some new. In your first year you will spend some of your time in lectures, which are always followed by smaller seminar groups. Increasingly, we are making lectures available by video podcast so that you can refresh your memory of what was said and shown. All your teachers have weekly office hours and you are encouraged to make use of these for advice. We try to vary our teaching as much as possible so that you learn by encountering different situations and points of view. Many of our modules feature guest lecturers (professional writers and publishers, for example). Others make use of the unrivalled resources that London offers by taking you out of the classroom.
As you progress, you’ll spend more time in smaller classes where you’ll be expected to take more responsibility for your learning as you develop confidence and skills. But whatever the format, you’ll be taught by experts in their field who are passionate about their subject and committed to good teaching.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways. Some modules will be assessed by traditional exams, but the majority are assessed by coursework.
Coursework can mean essays, projects, individual or group presentations, log books, oral or memorisation tests. All coursework is compulsory because each piece of coursework contributes towards the final mark for a module.
Fees and finance
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Film Studies go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as interpreting and teaching, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as marketing.
The broad range of skills gained through our language courses, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:
|Global Technical Support Representation||Bloomberg|
|Assistant Tour Manager||Sony|
|Trainee Manager||Majestic Wine|
|Training Centre Co-ordinator||ESI International|
|Fundraising Administrator||Mildmay International|
|International Product Analyst||Meta-Pack|
|Graduate Account Executive||Hall & Partners|
|English as a Foreign Language Teacher||British Council|
In today's competitive jobs market, employers expect graduates to have a range of skills and work experience. Being based in London is a distinct advantage, and at QMUL we have designed programmes of careers support to help you take advantage of our capital location.
Alongside your studies, you'll have opportunities to:
• attend networking or industry events
• apply for internships in your ideal area of work
• volunteer with local or national charities
• work part-time.
And there's plenty of day-to-day support too. Whether you need help with writing a CV, developing your interview skills or planning further study once you graduate, we have teams of advisers on hand to give you the advice and support you need.
Learning a language
Even if you're not studying a language as part of your degree, you can still develop these skills by signing up for a course in QMUL's Language Centre. Choose from: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish.
Student Profile: Ione Abbott (Graduated 2015)
Studied: BA French & Hispanic Studies
What did you choose Queen Mary?
London location, campus based study, very good facilities, high quality teaching and good international reputation
Why did you choose your course?
It was high on the league table for Hispanic Studies and had very good student satisfaction in the French Department. London is the perfect location for studying languages due to the diverse range of Hispanic and Francophone cultural events, as well as the fact that it is possible to access language learning resources at the University of London libraries.
What are the main differences between school/college and undergraduate study?
At university the amount of independent study is significantly higher than secondary school, meaning that the you must be dedicated to doing your own research and reading up on subjects outside of class.
Was it an easy transition to makes?
The transition was challenging especially when in the first year the workload was a big step up from A-Levels. However I spoke to my personal advisor for advice and support which was extremely helpful in making this transition.
Where did you spend your Year Abroad?
Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
What support did you receive while abroad?
I received a very good level of support from QM whilst abroad. In fact whilst at university I had a problem with one of my courses, however I spoke with the Year Abroad coordinator at QM and she was able to sort out the issue quickly and efficiently. We also received very good advice from our lecturers at QM before the year abroad, regarding what to expectin terms of cultural difference at university etc.
What are the main differences you encountered?
Adapting to a different university system was challenging, however very rewarding as I had the chance to study new literature and linguistics from a different perspective
Student Profile: Zaki Shah (Graduated 2015)
Studied: BA English Literature
“I chose Queen Mary because it offered me the chance to study the sort of modules that I was really keen to do. I also knew past and current students who found their time at Queen Mary fun and rewarding. The area inevitably played a big role too – close to central London, and walking distance from areas like Brick Lane and Shoreditch".
“The teaching style here gives you lots of academic freedom, but there is always help available if you need it. The type of assessment on the course reflects this freedom too – it’s good to be able to go away and work on a big research essay or your dissertation, rather than always being at the mercy of exams like at school!"
“Last year I found myself doing a course called Art Histories all about the different museums and art galleries in London. I’d never have anticipated doing a module like that on an English degree, but it turned out to be one of my favourites and I learnt loads of new things".
“Outside of class, I am starting a student group for a charity organisation called Schtoom. The
Students’ Union have been really helpful in helping me to do this – it’s fantastic to have such a supportive team behind you.”