English Language and Literature

University of Oxford
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Bachelor's Degree
Study mode
3 years
January April October
Total tuition fee (local)
RM 145,498
Total tuition fee (foreign)
RM 362,613

Entry Requirements

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL
  • Or any other equivalent qualifications accepted/recognised by the university.

English Language Qualifications

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with component scores of at least: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A
  • Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B
  • English Language GCSE, or O-level: grade B (for IGCSE, please see below)
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
  • European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English.

Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have:

  • studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
  • studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) 
  • been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years before the 15 October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country. 


1st year


Four papers are taken:

  • Introduction to English Language and Literature
  • Early medieval literature 650–1350
  • Literature in English 1830–1910
  • Literature in English 1910–present day


Three written papers form the First University Examination, together with a submitted portfolio of two essays for ‘Introduction to English Language and Literature’. All exams must be passed, but marks do not count towards the final degree.

2nd year


  • Course I:
    • Literature in English 1350–1550
    • Literature in English 1550–1660
    • Literature in English 1660–1760
    • Literature in English 1760–1830
  • Course II:
    • Literature in English 650–1100
    • Medieval English and related literatures  1066–1550
    • Literature in English 1350–1550
    • The history of the English language to c.1800


All period papers will be examined by final written examinations at the end of the third year. 

3rd year


  • Course I:
    • Shakespeare (may also be studied in the 2nd year)
  • Course II:
    • The Material Text or Shakespeare (choice of option)
  • Both courses:
    • Special option paper
    • Dissertation


One extended essay for Special Options, due in at the end of the first term; dissertation and portfolio for Shakespeare/The Material Text, due in during the second term


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