Programme, bachelor’s level
180 credits
Malmö daytime 100%
29 August, 2022 - 8 June, 2025
Full tuition fee: 235000 SEK
Applications open 18 October
I think this programme will appeal to those who love the English language and its cultural significance from earliest times to today.

Filip Zahariev, student

About the education

The English Studies bachelor's programme combines the academic study of literature and linguistics, ultimately leading to specialisation in one of these disciplines. Through research and critical thinking about texts from many eras and genres, you will learn to develop, articulate and defend your ideas clearly and with confidence.

Although all courses are conducted in English and require a level of proficiency comparable to that expected at a university in an English-speaking country, we consider the diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds of our students to be an enriching aspect of the programme. Since its beginning in 2007, the programme has attracted students from all over the world, with as many as 40 different first languages represented in a single year-group. Malmö is itself a vibrantly cosmopolitan city with English as one of the many languages spoken here.

English Studies reflects our faculty’s research and the breadth of current scholarship. As is standard in Swedish higher education, the bachelor's programme comprises both linguistic and literary components. This combination fosters a sophisticated awareness of how language is structured and used in a range of social contexts.

Language is our main form of communication. Mostly, we use it effortlessly, unaware of its intricacy and uniqueness, which is why linguistics aims to understand how language works, through grammar, phonetics, and semantics, using tools such as corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis. You will learn to make detailed analyses of language data and examine socially relevant aspects of language use, as well as explain how language is used to communicate ideas, exert power, and build solidarity.

Literature is often written to entertain, but can it also shape society? Literary studies aims to familiarise students with poetry, drama and prose from the Renaissance to today, enhancing their understanding of how texts are constructed, how we respond to them, and how they relate to historical contexts and other art forms. By using a range of critical frameworks, you will learn to relate textual details to issues such as identity, beauty, and politics.

Our teaching focuses on student participation and production. In lectures, writing labs, seminars, and supervision, you will learn to approach problems creatively and critically. You will read, discuss, analyse and write in a variety of discourses and genres. Academic writing classes will instruct you in formal writing, and you will have the opportunity to develop your own work in elective creative writing courses. Other courses incorporate learning by doing, allowing you to gain insight into forms and techniques by trying them out for yourself.

English Studies at Malmö University is set in an international context, drawing a culturally diverse student body to Sweden’s most cosmopolitan city. English is the lingua franca both in and out of the classroom, as well as for navigating and socialising in Malmö.

Malmö University envisions a world where diversity, knowledge and creativity are put to use for a sustainable society. English Studies aids this by training students to be critically engaged citizens. As language is the medium of social organisation, we see the analytic skills honed in English Studies as essential to a democratic polity.

Our students gain skills applicable to a range of careers, including media (journalism, publishing, TV, radio, film), teaching, business and administration. You will learn to analyse, evaluate, and create texts — transferable skills that are sought after by employers who value clear arguments, logical analysis, careful management of complex information, creative solutions and the use of initiative in conducting research. The bachelor's programme provides a strong foundation for graduate studies in linguistics or literature, creative writing, and teaching, along with other fields.

 

Admission requirements

Here you can find the admission requirements for the programme. For general admissions enquiries please contact the Admissions Office: admissions@mau.se

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English 6.

Selection

Swedish upper secondary grades 66%, Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT) 34%

Combining literature and linguistics

Originally from Greece, Konstantina Klonari chose the English Studies programme to pursue her love of literature. She would recommend the...

Combining literature and linguistics

Originally from Greece, Konstantina Klonari chose the English Studies programme to pursue her love of literature. She would recommend the programme to anyone interested in learning about how the English language works, as well as people who love to lose themselves in a good book or write.

What makes the programme unique?

Because it is separated in two different type of classes, linguistics and literature, the programme gives a rounded view on English. I liked that it mostly focusses on your writing, which means the programme doesn’t have many exams.

Why did you choose the English Studies programme?

From quite a young age I was fascinated with the world of literature and how easily it was to travel to a new world through someone else’s stories —  this is why the English Studies programme was my first choice.

What has been your favourite part of the programme so far?

This is an easy one to answer! My favourite part is studying literature. While linguistics gives me a better understanding of the English language, literature remains my passion. On top of that, the programme focusses on more than just novels, and even makes you step out of your comfort zone when it comes to creative writing — that makes it even more interesting.

What is your experience like studying in Sweden?

It really is one of the best experiences I have had. My ideologies have changed quite a lot and I have met people from such different backgrounds, which I would never have meet if I was studying in Greece, my home country. Of course, there are a few things that you need to adapt to, such as the cold weather and the fact Sweden uses cards rather cash to pay for things, but once you do, you get to enjoy the freedom and opportunities Sweden has to offer.

Who would you recommend this programme to?

Everyone who wants to learn more about the English language and how linguistics works. And of course, for people like me, who love reading novels or writing their own special stories. The literature part will help them dive deeper into their own ideas and introduce them to theories that they had never even thought of before.

Openness, great teachers and a dive into the history of the English language

Filip Zahariev left his first bachelor’s programme to try out the English Studies programme, and found that it sparked a further interest i...

Openness, great teachers and a dive into the history of the English language

Filip Zahariev left his first bachelor’s programme to try out the English Studies programme, and found that it sparked a further interest in writing, as well as an ambition to pursue a career in research.

Why did you choose the English Studies programme?

I’ve had an interest in the English language since I was a young boy and a friend of mine came away from this programme with good impressions. After a disappointing experience over a three-year period while doing my bachelor’s in Economics and Management, English Studies turned out to be the right fit.

What is the classroom experience like?

It’s all very open, there’s plenty of opportunity for two-way communication between students and teachers both through official channels and informal conversations. I’ve also had immense luck in finding like-minded people among my classmates and I’ve crafted some of the most important friendships in my life so far.

What is your experience of Malmö University?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Malmö University. The library, in particular, is a wonderful place for study, rest and conversation. Anyone interested in experiencing university life outside of the classroom also has ample opportunity to do so via the different clubs available to take part in.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I came here to improve my skills as a writer and critic but over the last year, I’ve really begun thinking about a future in academia. My interest in writing has only grown, and my appreciation for literature has expanded in ways I never thought it would. I am interested in narrative discourse and literature's functions as a reflection of society in the past and present.

Who would you recommend this programme to?

I would happily recommend this programme to anyone interested in an academic career in either literature or linguistics. Those who are interested in socio-historical issues and in the culture of the English language will also find a home here. Ultimately, I think, this programme will appeal to those who love the English language and its cultural significance from earliest times to today.

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