University of Gothenburg

English studies

The English Studies team at the Department of Languages and Literatures places a very high value on research and teaching, while striving to offer a supportive learning environment. Our dedicated and experienced staff, together with our talented students, ensure a dynamic environment for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.

staff autumn semester 2023
Staff, from the left: Anna-Lena Fredriksson, Sabina Nedelius, Monika Mondor, Ida Lindström, Andreas Nordin, Chloé Avril, Joe Trotta, Maria Olaussen, Zlatan Filipovic
Photo: Janna Roosch

Students of English at the Department of Languages and Literatures explore English-language literature, English-speaking cultures, English linguistics and Academic Writing/Speaking through an innovative and stimulating series of sub-courses that combine critical-thinking practice, analytical engagement and cultural awareness.

Our courses in literature have many different focuses: major authors, historical periods, genres, critical theories and methods, as well as cultural and multicultural perspectives on the study of English. Our courses in language offer instruction in the structure of English (e.g. grammar and phonetics), as well as providing an introduction to the vast array of scholarship in English linguistics (on subjects like discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, among others). Our writing and speaking courses offer high-level, focused training in academic English, which not only help students improve their basic language proficiency, but also enhance their general communication skills, rhetorical competence and stylistic awareness.

We are known for our broad view of the discipline, and understand the study of English to comprise more than the typical overview of formal, standard English and the canon of English literary texts. Our courses take a more pragmatic and modern approach and thus include a broad range of various media and language styles, including, but not limited to, English language, literature and culture as it is encountered in film, television, music lyrics along with other popular culture phenomena.

Welcome to study with us!

Education at Bachelor's level/first cycle (also known as undergraduate level) comprises three years of full-time studies (180 university credits) and can lead to a Bachelor's degree.
The Bachelor's level is divided into Introductory course (30 credits), Intermediate course (60 credits) and In-depth undergraduate course (90 credits). The courses are often divided into smaller modules, for example 7.5 credits or 15 credits.

At the Department of Languages and Literatures we offer a large variety of courses that you can take separately or as part of your Bachelor's degree. However, the range of courses for the subjects varies.

If you are interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in English, we have a recommended study path but not a special programme you can apply to. This means that you have to apply for courses prior to every new semester. When planning your coursework, please remember that not all Master’s-level courses are offered every semester.

You need a Bachelor’s degree in English, including a degree project corresponding to 15 credits, to be eligible for studies at the Master’s level.

The illustration below shows how you can plan your coursework to obtain a Master’s degree (60 or 120 credits) in English with a specialisation in linguistics or literature. A Master’s degree makes you eligible for third-cycle (doctoral/licentiate) studies.

You can always meet with the study and career counsellor to discuss what courses may be appropriate to take based on your interests and plans for the future.