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MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Subjects
  • English studies
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

For First Year Entry a minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB or 4 AS at AABB. For Second Year Entry a minimum of an A in the subject selected for Single Honours plus BB, or AB in the subjects selected for Joint Honours plus a further B.

Scottish Highers
AABB

Minimum of 4 Highers at AABB obtained at a single sitting or 3 Advanced Highers at BBB. Those seeking to qualify over two sittings will be expected to exceed this minimum.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Minimum entry requirement: DDM in related subjects.

International Baccalaureate
32

For entry into First Year, a minimum of 32 points required, including at least 5,5,5 at HL. For entry into Second Year, a minimum of 36 points, including at 6, 6, 6 at Higher level in subject(s) selected.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Attractive, in-depth courses covering all periods of English literature plus Scottish, Irish and American literature, and creative writing with our prize-winning and published creative writing team. Aberdeen offers focused, supportive teaching from internationally renowned scholars who are leaders in their field. Our flexible, modular degree programmes allow you to develop your own interests and enthusiasms while acquiring advanced critical and communicative skills that will prepare you for a wide range of careers.

Modules

English: Level 1: Fiction and poetry: introduction to the study of narrative in selected short stories and novels, and to the elements of poetry; tragedy and comedy explores the major modes of tragedy and comedy, through the study of selected texts from ancient Greece to the 20th century; language in literature introduces the concept of language as a structured code and to the linguistic terminology needed to develop the skills of phonetic, grammatical and semantic analysis, which are then applied to selected literary texts from the Renaissance to the present day; introductory grammar deals with elementary concepts such as parts of speech and the structure of simple clauses, for those students who do not already have this basic grammatical knowledge. Level 2: Literature, society and culture 1640-1750 introduces students to the main writers of the period and to the social, political and cultural context in which their work was produced. Authors studied include Milton, Marvell, Dryden, Aphra Behn, Defoe, Swift and Pope; modern literary theory examines key texts by some of the most influential theorists of the modern period including Wordsworth, Eliot, Barthes, Bakhtin, Kristeva, Said, Bloom, Foucault and Derrida, and some of the methodological debates that have shaped the study of literature as an academic discipline. Language and linguistics: concepts and issues on the structure and use of language, and broader aspects such as language variation across regions, conversational analysis and language acquisition. History of language in the British Isles presents an outline of the internal history of our languages (English, Scots, Gaelic, Irish and Welsh) concentrating on the social and cultural aspects of language history in our archipelago. Levels 3 and 4: Options cover language and literature from the middle ages to the present day; subject may be approached in a variety of ways: historical, theoretical, linguistic, sociological, generic and critical; dissertation.

University of Aberdeen

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Founded in 1495 we're one of the oldest UK universities, offering over 600 undergraduate courses. Teaching is organised into three colleges: College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Physical Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A place in halls is normally guaranteed to first-year students on or within walking distance of the main teaching site.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
22%
78%

Year 1

13%
87%

Year 2

11%
89%

Year 3

5%
95%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
38%
58%
4%

Year 1

24%
68%
8%

Year 2

10%
88%
2%

Year 3

98%
2%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

84%

Staff made the subject interesting

93%

Library resources are satisfactory

89%

Feedback on work has been helpful

77%

Feedback on work has been prompt

55%

Staff are good at explaining things

94%

Received sufficient advice and support

79%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
37% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
72% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
388 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

7%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2012, more than 12,000 students graduated with English degrees. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job as a doctor or nuclear physicist. There isn't a lot of difference in terms of outcomes between taking English language or English literature, so choose the one that suits you and don't worry about whether one is more likely to get you the job you want than the other. About one in five English graduates went into further study last year, and apart from further degrees in English, graduates were also likely to go onto teaching, law or publishing. All in all it's a flexible option – some even changed career direction entirely and took postgraduate courses in subjects like nursing or maths.
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