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Engelse Taal en Cultuur (deeltijd)

The bachelor programme English language and culture (part time) consists of four main subjects: Philology, Literature, Linguistics and Language Acquisition. The duration of the BA programme is five years and equals 180 EC.

In the first year of the programme (the propaedeuse) there are no optional courses. In the second and third year most of the programme is obligatory, although students can specialise in a certain field of Literature, Philology or Linguistics. The core curriculum courses are also to be completed in this year. In the fourth/fifth year, Language Acquisition 5 and 6 are obligatory; in addition students choose their specialisation. The bachelor thesis is written in the fifth year. Additionally, students are able to choose a minor or can e.g. do an internship.

First year

The first year (propaedeuse) of the bachelor’s programme consists entirely of courses in the main subjects.

The propaedeuse comprises courses that provide a general overview to orient you to the study of English. The four main subjects of Philology, Literature, Linguistics and Language Acquisition are taught in both semesters in the form of lectures, seminars and language laboratories. The lectures provide the big picture, while the seminars address specific topics and use texts to explore these.

Alongside the lectures and seminars, mentoring is a compulsory part of the propaedeuse. Here you receive more information on matters such as how the programme works.

Extra teaching hours are scheduled for the entire propaedeuse: six hours for the introduction day and a one-hour introductory meeting/progress meeting with the study advisor. In addition, a question and answer session is held at the end of each semester for each course to prepare you for the exams.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Language Acquisition 1: From Scratch to Print 5
Linguistics 1: Analyzing English Sounds and Words 5
Literature 1A: Introduction to Literary Studies in English 10
Philology 1: Introduction to Middle English Language and Literature 5
BA English: Mentoring Sessions 0

Second semester

Language Acquisition 2: The Spoken Word 5
Linguistics 2A: The Phonetics of English 5
Linguistics 2B: The Syntax of English 5
Literature 2: English Literature, ca. 1550-1700 5

Second year

In the second year, you will complete the last propaedeuse courses after which you obtain your propaedeutic diploma.

In addition, you have a number of options this year. In Literature you can specialise in American or British Literature. The options in the first semester are separate from the options in the second semester. In the second semester you can also specialise within Philology in one of two possible periods.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Core Curriculum: Introduction to Linguistics 5
Language Acquisition 3: Functional Grammar 5
Literature 1B: The Classical and Christian Legacies in Literatures in English 5

Specialisation Literature 3

Literature 3A: American Literature, Beginnings to 1865 5
Literature 3B: British Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century 5

Second semester

Language Acquisition 4: Dimensions of Text Analysis 5
Philology 2: Introduction to Old English Language and Literature 10

Specialisation Literature 4

Literature 4A: American Literature, 1865-1917: The Age of Realism 5
Literature 4B: British Literature: The Nineteenth Century 5

Third year

In the second semester you can specialise within Philology in one of two possible periods.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Linguistics 3A: The syntax of English 5
Linguistics 3B: The Phonology of English 5
Philology 3: History of the English Language 5

Second semester

Core Curriculum: Philosophy of science 5
English-Language Popular Culture 5
Linguistics 4: The Syntax and Phonology of English: Present and Past 5

Specialisation Philology 4

Philology 4A: Highlights of Medieval English Literature 5
Philology 4B: Early Modern Everyday English 5

Fourth/Fifth year

The fourth/fifth year is as follows:

Compulsory courses:

  • Language Acquisition 5

  • Language Acquisition 6

In addition, you choose one 10 EC specialisation in the first semester from:

  • Philology: one 10 EC course

  • Literature: one 10 EC course

  • Linguistics: one 10 EC cousre

In addition, you choose a minor, you can do an internship of you choose an individual package of electives worth 30 EC, which is distributed across both semesters. For more information, see the relevant course description: Minor or Electives BA English.

You also write a bachelor’s thesis. For more information see the course description and the website of the English programme.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Language Acquisition 5: Theories and Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 5
Minor or Electives BA Engels 15

Specialisation Linguistics 5

Linguistics 5A: English Sounds and Words in the Mental Lexicon 10

Specialisation Literature 5

Literature 5A: American Literature, 1917 to the present 10
Literature 5B: Anglo-American Modernism 10
Literature 5C: Shakespeare and Memory 10
Literature 5D: Introduction to American Film 10

Specialisation Philology 5

Philology 5A: Old English Literature and Culture 10
Philology 5B: Late Modern English 10

Second semester

BA Thesis English Language and Culture 10
Language Acquisition 6: Public Speaking in Theory and Practice 5
Language Acquisition and Linguistics thesis seminar
Literature thesis seminar
Philology Thesis Seminar
Minor or Electives BA Engels 15

Specialisation Linguistics 6

Linguistics 6B: Abbreviation in Digital Language 10

Specialisation Literature 6

Literature 6: Contemporary Literatures in English 10

Specialisation Philology 6

Philology 6: Middle English Literature and Culture 10

More info

Learning outcomes of the programme Binding Study Advice The programme Elective credits Full-time and part-time BA thesis and graduation requirements Subsequent degree programmes

Learning outcomes of the programme

For information about the learning outcomes of the programme, see the Course and Exmination Regulations.

At the end of the programme, bachelor’s students also possess skills and knowledge that are further tailored to their field of specialisation. For more details see:

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

For further information on the BSA Regulation and the associated study guidance plan, see:
Please note: the course Language Acquisition 1: From Scratch to Print is an additional requirement to the BSA.

The programme

The English Language and Culture programme has four specialisations: Philology, Literature, Linguistics and Language Acquisition.

First year: propaedeuse
The first year of the bachelor’s programme consists of mentoring and courses in the main subjects, i.e. the above disciplines. All full-time students also take part in the compulsory mentoring.

In the first year, you are assigned to a mentor group that has two student-mentors. In addition, two lecturer-mentors supervise the mentoring. The lecturer-mentors are generally also lecturers in one of your work groups or lectures. The student-mentors are students from the master’s programme or the more advanced years of the bachelor’s programme.

The mentor group is identical to the work group and the meetings are scheduled in the timetable. In the different mentor meetings, you can ask informal questions about various topics associated with studying. You also learn about important matters such as how to avoid plagiarism. The student-mentors can help you by sharing their own experiences, and can also show you around the University and city. There is also time for social activities to help you get to know the other students better outside classes.

Second year
Most departments expect you to meet certain conditions before you can take their second-year courses. If you have not met all the requirements for the propaedeuse, take good note of the entry requirements for the second-year courses. In the second year, you also look at how to develop your study plan, which is compulsory from the second year.

In both semesters of the second year, you follow compulsory courses in the four main subjects. You also follow two culture courses that span the main subjects. Within Literature you can choose American or British literature in the first and second semester. In the second semester of Philology, you can choose one of two specialisations. You have to decide which options you will choose before the start of the semester. You do so in your study plan and register through uSis.

In the second year, you also follow the Introduction to Literary Theory course together with students from other Humanities programmes.

Third year
In the third year, you follow compulsory courses in the four main subjects. You also follow Philosophy of Science.

Fourth/Fifth year
In the fourth/fifth year you follow Language Acquisition 5 and 6, as well as one 10 EC specialisation. You write your bachelor’s thesis in your fifth year. You also need to earn 30 EC of elective credits.

Mandatory attendance
Seminar attendance is compulsory. You may miss a maximum of two of the 13 meetings per subject (if you have a valid reason and provided younotify the lecturer and the study coordinator before the seminar that you will miss). If you have not prepared, do not participate and/or fail to bring the course material for a particular week, this may also count as absence.

If you miss more than two seminars, you must contact the study advisor. If the study advisor believes there are special circumstances, they may decide that the maximum two absences do not apply. The study advisor will consult your lecturer(s) and inform you and your lecturer(s) of their decision.

If you fail to meet the attendance requirement, you will be excluded from attending the course. This may mean that you will not receive a final mark or that your final mark will be a fail for the participation or presentation part, for example, and/or any other exams that you sit during the seminar.

Please note: if you have been absent for a valid reason, you may still be barred from attending the course if it is likely that you will no longer be able to successfully complete the course. This could be if you have missed important deadlines or have simply missed too many meetings.

You may request an exemption from apply to the Board of Examiners for exemption from a course on the basis of a previously completed equivalent course. For the procedure, please contact the teaching administration and/or study advisor.

Exam resits
Each course provides an explanation of the form of examination and any resits.
You must always resit any exams for which your final mark is a fail (that is to say, lower than 5.5). In principle, you may not resit exams that you have passed, with the following exception:

You may resit a passed exam or partial exam three times during your entire bachelor’s degree programme. You must take the resit in the same academic year in which you passed the exam or partial exam that you are resitting.
You must submit a request to the Board of Examiners in good time if you wish to resit a passed exam or partial exam.


In the fourth/fifth year of the bachelor’s programme, you must earn 30 EC (15 EC per semester) of electives. For more information on how to earn these see:

Full-time and part-time

The Bachelor’s degree programme in English Language and Culture is a full-time or part-time programme. The description of the full-time programme can be found in this [e-Prospectus] (

Bachelor’s thesis and graduation requirements

To graduate, you must have passed the programme of 180 EC, met the requirements for the elective credits and successfully completed your bachelor’s thesis.

The bachelor’s thesis is a paper worth 10 EC. You develop two possible topics and submit these to the Board of Examiners before the start of the semester in which you will write the thesis. The Board of Examiners appoints a supervisor for one of the two topics. The supervisor then helps you write a thesis proposal, which you submit to the Board of Examiners. The Board of Examiners uses the thesis application form to evaluate your proposal and appoints a second reader. Then you attend a compulsory thesis seminar. For more information, see the course description for the third year.

The regulations and important deadlines for the BA thesis can be found at:

Subsequent degree programmes

A Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture grants you direct access to the one-year Master’s programme in Linguistics, Modern Languages track, or the one-year Master’s programme in Literary Studies, English Literature and Culture track. If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture and have completed the minor in Translation, you have direct access to the one-year Master’s programme in Linguistics, Translation track, but will have to request admission.

Depending on your results, you may also be granted access to a two-year research master’s programme, for instance Literary Studies or Linguistics. You can also apply for admission to another related master’s programme such as the Master’s programme in Media Studies, Book and Digital Media Studies track, or the Master’s programme in Linguistics, Language and Communication track, or the Master’ s programme in North American Studies.

After graduating from the one-year Master’s programme in English Literature and Culture or Modern Languages, you may wish to train as a secondary-school teacher. You can choose to follow the Master’s degree in Education at ICLON (one year full-time, two years part-time), which qualifies you to teach in all types of secondary education. If you have followed the Minor in Education during your bachelor’s degree (only possible if you pass the first and second year) and have already earned a master’s degree, you can follow the shorter teaching training programme (30 EC instead of 60 EC).

For more information on the various master’s programmes and the application procedure, see: