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The language, histories, cultures, societies and literatures of the English-speaking world.

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: 6.5 (Standby: 4.8)   |   Quota 2 2019: 6 (Standby: 4.1) (Indicative)  
Language: English  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: Week 35


The early stages of the BA programme in English focus on improving your language skills and introducing you to the literatures, societies and cultures of the English-speaking world. As you advance in the programme, you will have an opportunity to specialise based on your interests, and there are excellent opportunities for studying abroad or finding a work placement in an English-speaking country.

English in English

On the BA programme in English, all teaching takes place in English. English literature is a central focus of the degree programme, and you will work with a wide variety of texts from different periods - from the first texts in English to classic works by Dickens and Shakespeare and exciting contemporary works. The English language is taught in smaller classes where you will have an opportunity to work with translation, make presentations and immerse yourself in the structure and history of the language.

The English-speaking world

The primary focus of the degree programme is the cultures, histories and societies of Great Britain and North America. You will learn about the rise and fall of the British Empire, American foreign policy in the 20th century and contemporary British and American society. You will also learn about mass media and contemporary English-speaking culture.

Career opportunities

Most graduates of the BA programme in English go on to do a Master’s degree in English. The MA programme, a direct continuation of the BA programme, gives you career opportunities in a variety of fields, for example secondary school teaching, tourism, cultural exchange and translation. The BA programme in English also qualifies you for admission to other relevant MA programmes.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22220

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English A
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).


If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.


Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The courses on the BA programme in English focus on two central areas. First and foremost, you gain expert knowledge of the English language through the study of grammar, pronunciation and the historical development of the language. You also gain insight into the cultures of the English-speaking world, as well as its history, societies and literatures.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.


Student life

Academic life on the English programme

At lectures, assigned texts are discussed and analysed by your teacher. Classroom instruction in smaller groups gives you a chance to participate more actively and engage in discussions with your fellow students. You will also be part of a study group. Together, you will prepare presentations, review assigned reading and discuss course materials in connection with exams. 

Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the BA programme in English. As you can see, you spend a lot of your time preparing for lectures and classroom lessons. This is why English is a full-time degree programme, even though you don’t have as much scheduled class time as you’re used to from secondary school. This means that you will also learn how to plan your time wisely during your studies.

8-11 Lecture i Literature in English 1
11-14 Classroom instruction i English Linguistic 1
15-18 Independent study

8-12 Independent study
12-13 Classroom instruction i History, Society and Culture 1
13-15 Study group
15-18 Classroom instruction i English linguistic 1

8-12 Independent study
12-14 Classroom instruction i Literature in English 1
14-17 Study group

9-13 Independent study
13-16 Lecture i History, Society and Culture 1
16-18 Exercises i English linguistic 1

8-9 Holdundervisning i History, Society and Culture 1
9-11 Holdundervisning i Literature in English 1
11-15 Independent study
15-18 Friday bar

Social life on the English programme

English is a large degree programme, which means there are lots of opportunities for social interaction with fellow students at all stages of their studies. For example, you can participate in: 

Anglia: The English cultural and degree programme committee
Whether you want to help make sure the English programme is a positive environment both academically socially or you’re more focussed on organising parties, Anglia is the organisation to join. This association is responsible for both. 

English Writing Society (EWS)
EWS is a student organisation that gives you the opportunity to write in English and try your English skills.

English Lecture Society (ELS)
ELS is a student organisation that organises lectures about the English language as well as the history, society and literature of the English-speaking world. 

The language programmes’ weekly Friday bar is called Esperanto. Esperanto is the most commonly spoken artificial language in the world.

Studying abroad

As a student on the BA programme in English, doing a semester abroad is an excellent idea. It gives you a chance to gain first-hand insight into the culture of the country you visit as well as developing your proficiency in English. During the last year of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

Commencement of studies

Your time at Aarhus University will begin with an introductory week in week 35 (the last week of August). During this week, you will get an introduction to IT systems, exam forms and degree programme structure and opportunities as well as meeting your teachers. You can read more about your commencement of studies and the introductory week here. On this page, you will also find tips and good advice for new students at Aarhus University.

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Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2016 AU employment survey.

As a graduate of the English programme, your career options depend a lot on what you’ve chosen to focus on during your studies, along with your choice of supplementary subject and Master’s degree programme. 

You will achieve full mastery of the English language in the course of your studies, both oral and written. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the cultures and societies of English-speaking countries, and you will learn to communicate your knowledge effectively. Your knowledge of English-speaking cultures is a good preparation for working across cultures as well. 

Graduates of the BA programme in English typically work in the educational sector. For example in upper-secondary school, at folk high schools or universities. The programme can also lead to a career as a communication consultant, project manager, consultant, translator or administrator.

Supplementary subjects

In the last year of your BA programme in English, you are required to take a supplementary subject. There are many possibilities. Here are some examples of supplementary subject chosen by other BA English programme students: 

  • Scandinavian Language and Literature
  • History
  • Globalisation and Cultural Identity 

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme in English go on to take a Master’s degree. Some MA programmes may require specific supplementary subjects as prerequisites for admission. Here are some of the options: 

  • The Master’s degree programme in English, which builds on the foundation of the BA programme and offers you a chance to specialise and pursue your interests in specific aspects of literature, language or culture and society.
  • The Master’s degree programme in international studies, which teaches you to understand the complexities of globalisation through the study of subjects like history and international law.
  • The Master’s degree programme in cognitive semiotics, which is an interdisciplinary programme that investigates how humans create meaning in language, science and art.
  • The Master’s degree programme in journalism (cand.public), which lets you continue building on your knowledge of English while strengthening your journalistic skills.