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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 12k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    There is no set deadline, however it is recommended to apply at least 3 months prior to the start of the term.

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    English Literature here is taught to small groups by energetic and enthusiastic staff, led by Oxford-trained academics with international research profiles in 19th and 20th-century studies. Ideas developed in core seminars are taken forward in weekly small-group tutorials, where half a dozen students are encouraged to discuss and interpret specific passages of writing, under the watchful guidance of their tutor.

    Our students are expected to read widely, and to develop strong lines of argument and personal responses to what they find, anchored in an informed understanding of the discipline and with reference to the critical debates that animate it.

    The degree is structured around a combination of period study, thematic study, and modules inculcating theoretical and practical skills. Victorian literature modules cover prose from Dickens to Gaskell, and poetry from Browning to Hardy; twentieth-century literature topics range from Rhys, Hurston, Woolf, and Plath to Hemingway, Forster, Larkin, and Beckett. Shakespeare is one central focus. Other earlier writers who are studied include Marlowe, Donne, Webster, Herbert, Milton, Dryden, Centlivre, Swift, Pope, Blake, Wordsworth, Austen, Keats, and Shelley. You can explore some of the modules on this website. Thematic study encourages students to analyse contextually based on sociological variations, gender, contemporary politics, and psychological influences. We encourage the understanding of contemporary literary and cultural theory while never losing sight of the values of liberal/aesthetic education.

    This innovative programme combines a traditional academic major in one of the most popular and relevant humanities disciplines, with an up-to-date new vocational minor, that will assist young writers and critics to make their way in the worlds of print, broadcast or online journalism. In both fields, students will benefit from the small-group, personalized teaching on which Buckingham stakes its reputation. This programme is intended for both native-speakers of English and fluent ESL (English as a Second Language) speakers. If you are outgoing, communicative, curious about the world, but at the same time in love with language, and great writing, this is your ideal programme.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline There is no set deadline, however it is recommended to apply at least 3 months prior to the start of the term. Tuition fee
    • EUR 11970 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 19530 Year (Non-EEA)

    July: UK/EU: Year one: £9,610; Year two: £9,800; International: Year one £15,680; Year two £16,000 September: UK/EU Y1, Y2 £11,250; International Y1 £15,840; Y2 £16,000 January: UK/EU £11,250; International £16,000

    Start date January,July,September 2015 Duration full-time 24 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    In this department we believe in the surpassing value of the reading, discussing and understanding of great works of literature, not simply as processes that lead to higher levels of employability and the development of valuable critical skills (which they undoubtedly do) but as ends in themselves which are enriching and, ultimately, liberating. Small-group teaching is the key here and we run our programmes through seminars, workshops, tutorials (6 students maximum) and informal one-to-one discussion. A third of the programme is taken up by learning a language to proficiency and beyond.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • 240 UCAS Points or Equivalent, and
    • Level of English required

    English language requirements

    • IELTS: Average of 6.0 (with 5.5 or above in each component)
    • TOEFL: (Internet-based) 79-80
    • TOEFL: (Paper-based) 550
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C or higher
    • International GCSE English as a Second Language: C or higher on extended curriculum
    • London University GCE O level Syllabus B in English Language: C or higher
    • Oxford-ARELS Examination Higher Level: Credit or Distinction
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 50-57

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Buckingham.


    Applications are invited for Sir Ray Tindle Journalism Scholarships / Bursaries. These awards are available to encourage and assist students to study for an honours or combined honours degree in Journalism here. We usually have six to offer in any given year.

    Selection criteria

    To apply candidates should be studying any of the following subjects at A or AS Level:

    • English Language
    • English Literature
    • Media Studies

    However, applications are welcome from candidates with a broad range of interests, even if their qualifications are in other areas of the Humanities or Social Sciences (e.g. Economics, Politics, History).

    Work experience on Tindle newspapers on completion of the degree may be available to successful award holders.

    Who is eligible to apply?

    The programmes to which the scholarships apply are:

    • Communication, Media and Journalism
    • Economics with Journalism
    • English Literature with Journalism
    • English Studies with Journalism
    • International Studies with Journalism
    • Journalism with Communication Studies
    • Journalism with English Literature
    • Journalism with International Studies

    Application procedure

  • In addition to your application for a place, please send a personal statement (minimum 500 words) outlining the importance as you see it of the role of the media in UK life and culture, and the reasons why you feel you have a contribution to make in this area; a note of any activities undertaken and/or choices you have made (academic and otherwise) which point to an interest in journalism would also be welcome. This should be clearly marked Tindle Scholarship / Bursary application.
  • Please also send a short portfolio of any material that you think might be relevant. This need not be extensive; applicants in the past have included such things as items (features, articles, reviews etc.) from school magazines, song lyrics, short stories, relevant A-level coursework. This should be clearly marked Tindle Scholarship / Bursary application.
  • Your Tindle application will go before a separate Scholarships / Bursaries Committee. Awards range from £1,000 to £3,000 per annum. You will be informed of the result of your application for an award, usually within 3 weeks of submitting it.

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