"The lecturers for the English programme are committed to their students. They are truly amazing and inspirational."Stephanie Bouhraoua, BA English Language graduate
From text messaging to political speeches and literary works, BA English Language (Final Year Entry) equips you with the tools that you need to analyse all kinds of spoken and written communication.
At Middlesex we are passionate about language in all its forms. Our course balances theoretical knowledge with analytical skills and practical expertise in communication so you are prepared for a wide range of careers and well-equipped to pursue postgraduate study. As part of the thriving School of Media and Performing Arts, we have a particular emphasis on the processes used in professions such as advertising, publishing, and journalism, in addition to traditional language analysis.
You will study ideas about the processes and use of language, in particular the relationship between language and social theories (sociolinguistics) and psychological processes (psycholinguistics), and how linguistic meaning is created and understood. You will be given plenty of opportunity to apply what you have learned through practical projects focusing on presentation skills and writing for a particular brief, for example writing a press release, speaking to camera or organising a formal business meeting.
In the final year English Language degree you can tailor the course to your interests, with optional modules including fiction, translation, literature in the media age, and writing techniques.
You will study four 30-credit modules, including a compulsory independent project modules during which you will be able to explore your interests further through a topic of your own choosing. You will then choose a further three optional modules, including a work placement module.
This module enables students to work independently on a research project formulated on a topic of their own choice which must nevertheless be demonstrably related to topics studied in their programme . The module allows students, in a 5-6,000 word dissertation, to demonstrate an ability to articulate relevant project aims, use suitable investigative methods, and write up results in an appropriately reflective and analytical way.
This module enables students to develop their skills and practices at an appropriate professional level in the workplace, in industries relevant to the rest of their work in English Language. The module enables students to locate, and reflect on, their academic learning in the day-to-day operation of industries and institutions, and to prepare themselves for carrying forward the outcomes of their studies into professional life on completion of their programme.
You will learn through lectures exploring concepts, approaches and case studies; individual reading and research; exercises and discussions in lectures and seminars; tutorials, in which concepts are discussed in more detail; classroom presentations; essays; group projects and an optional work placement
You will be assessed through essays; critical and analytical exercises; tests; projects; presentations and role play exercises.
Dr Billy Clark is Programme Leader for the English degrees at Middlesex. His research and teaching interests cover a broad range of language and linguistics-related topics.
Dr Sylvia Shaw is Senior Lecturer in English Language. She currently conducts research in the field of gender and language.
Dr Lorna Gibb is Senior Lecture in English Language. She writes creative non fiction and has published two full length biographies and a book about the Phonology Morphology interface in linguistics.
Please Note: 2017 applications are only being accepted for direct entry into year 3.
GCSE English with a minimum of Grade C, or overseas equivalent are required. Your suitability for transfer onto the course will be assessed on an individual basis.
Other qualifications will be considered subject to assessment. For a comprehensive list of qualifications accepted by Middlesex, see further information under entry requirements.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification, to find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.insert div
As this is a final year entry only degree, applications are by direct entry and cannot be made through UCAS.
Please complete and send our direct application form to the Admissions Office, remembering to include copies of your transcripts and certificates.
If you have any questions please contact the Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8411 5555
Graduates from this course are successful in a wide range of careers including publishing, advertising, education and journalism.
Also some graduates focus on language-specific vocations such as speech and language therapy, and progress on to study language and linguistics at postgraduate level.
Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market as well as being a fantastic experience so we encourage as many students as possible to grasp this opportunity.
As part of your third year on BA English Language, you can opt to undertake a short placement of a minimum of 15 days. This placement will provide you with first-hand experience of working at a professional level.
"When I was at school, English had always inspired me and I was really good at it, so I thought I would take it one step further and study English Language at University and to be honest, I enjoyed everything about the course. I met people with a good knowledge and the same interests as me, and my tutors were fantastic, especially in their tutorials.
"Throughout my three years at Middlesex, I really enjoyed working through presentations and group presentations too. I particularly enjoyed studying the psychological side of English Language and the process of researching into and gathering information about other topics we were studying. Since graduating I have studied a short course in teaching English to speakers of other languages, which has opened up further opportunities for me."
"Like most students, I researched thoroughly in to the university and the course I wanted to apply for. I decided that Middlesex was right for me as they advised me on my course choice and offered flexibility in terms of studying full and part time. I enjoyed the course in general, however, learning about teaching methodologies, classroom practices and foreign language learning processes were of specific interest to me.
"There is no doubt that my studies at Middlesex have already helped me to become an effective classroom practitioner. Recently I have secured the position of Branch Co-ordinator at one of the top English-language schools in Rio de Janeiro. In the future I wish to embark on a MA course in TESOL or a related subject, or do a DELTA course. I am certain that Middlesex has prepared me well for these challenges."
"I absolutely loved the course! I became a better communicator and I am now able to analyse on the spot pieces of discourse (spoken and written). The lecturers for the English programme are committed to their students. They challenge your thoughts and share their knowledge and experience. They are truly amazing and inspirational.
"It is my ambition to become a language teacher and I am currently doing a PGCE MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) at Middlesex. My experiences at Middlesex are helping me tremendously to teach A-level students in order to prepare them better for the style of learning they can expect at university. Also, before studying, I was not able to communicate in English to the standard that I can now. All the hours spent writing essays, attending seminars and lectures have definitely helped me in my career, in my social and personal life."