English (Bachelor)

In an age where English is emerging as the common, global language for science, society and cultural exchange, English language skills are essential for participation in cultural and scientific debates.  The Bachelor of English provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of English language, with a focus on its practical, scientific and artistic aspects. Through engaging the field's dynamic intellectual tradition, students develop their capacity for critical reflection within a broader cultural perspective.   Our excellent lecturers have long educational and work experience from the UK and USA, and can offer students a programme with an internationally high standard, in both the linguistic and cultural components.  A Bachelor of English opens the doors to careers and further education for diverse range of occupations, both in Norway and abroad.

Bachelor of English

ECTS Credits 180
Study level Bachelor
Start semester Autumn 2017
Teaching language English
Faculty The Faculty of Education and Arts
Campus Bodø
Application deadline  

Job opportunities

The Bachelor in English provides knowledge and skills that are in demand in the public and private sectors, and in a range of occupations. It can be combined with further studies to qualify students for pedagogical positions. Other relevant career paths include the cultural sector, media, management and tourism.

Further education

Graduates qualify to apply for admission to further education within professional/pedagogical studies, as well as a range of Master degree programmes.

Admission requirements

Higher education entrance qualification

Documented proficiency in English language

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Study plan

Teaching sessions

For autumn semester 2017, the courses are British Studies (15 ECTS) and English Language and Lingusitics (15 ECTS), with teaching sessions in the following weeks:


Session 1: August 21-25
Session 2: September 11-15
Session 3: October 9-13
Session 4: November 13-17
Study trip to York: November 26-December 8

Weeks 48-49 feature a study trip to the Norwegian Study Centre at the University of York, England.

For the Spring Semester 2018, the courses are American Studies (15 ECTS) and Research and Writing (15 ECTS), with teaching sessions in the following weeks:


Session 1: January 8-12
Session 2: Feburary 26-March 2
Session 3: March 19-23
Session 4: April 16-20

It is important to be aware that attendance is mandatory. You are expected to have access to the required texts and read the relevant material before each class meeting. Since teaching begins quite early, in Week 34, we recommend that you begin planning your studies some weeks before the semester begins.

The required texts should be available in the bookshop early in August. (If you plan to read over the summer, you will find reading lists appended to the course descriptions available on our website

Programme description

The Bachelor of English is an academic programme for those who wish to explore the field of English from literary, linguistic, cultural and historical perspectives.

The first year consists of four courses worth 15 ECTS credits each. The courses are English Language for Bachelor of English, American Studies for Bachelor of English, and Research and Writing and British Studies for Bachelor of English.

The second year includes an Advanced Study of 20 ECTS (topics rotating annually), as well as other obligatory courses (20 ECTS) and the Bachelor Thesis (20 ECTS).

The third year is an elective year. Students may choose a relevant year-long study or individual courses as electives, totaling 60 ECTS. Popular choices at UiN include History or Norwegian, but this depends on the individual student's interests. It is possible to take English Advanced Study as a part of this elective year.

Many students choose to study abroad in an English-language country during this year, and we encourage them to do so. The faculty has a number of agreements with partner institutions, and a can offer a range of exciting options.

Learning outcomes


Upon completion, the student should:

  • have knowledge of textual structure and linguistic devices and of critical and analytical approaches to both literary and non-literary texts
  • have knowledge of contemporary literary theory
  • have increased knowledge of and insight into language as a phenomenon
  • have knowledge of the social life, history, and a wide variety of cultural expressions in English-speaking countries, especially central works in the English-language literary tradition


Upon completion, the student can:

  • use English confidently and functionally, both orally and in writing appropriate to the audience in different situations
  • analyze and write research-based articles on literary texts, as well as employ relevant and precise terminology in engagement with texts
  • explore the social, historical, and cultural history of English-speaking countries
  • work independently with various topical problems

General kompetence

Upon completion, the student can:

  • evaluate relevant subject material and communicate in English in such a way that is adapted to his or her target audience
  • gather and critically assess research independently
  • apply knowledge and skills within the field of English in academic and professional contexts

Admission requirements

Higher education entrance qualification

Documented proficiency in English language

Learn how to apply

Further education

Graduates qualify to apply for admission to further education within professional/pedagogical studies, as well as a range of Master degree programmes.

Study abroad

Students are encouraged to go on an international exchange in the third year of the programme at one of UiNs partner institutions, or through one of UiNs exchange programmes.


International exchange students are also welcome to apply for admission to this programme. The faculty recommends students have a high English-language competency, ideally exceeding the minimum admission requirements for English language.


Course literature and a study trip to the University of York, England (estimated cost about NOK 6500 plus money for meals, local transportation etc.).

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".Refer to applicable legislation, rules and regulations

Assessment methods

A combination of portfolio assessment, obligatory assignments, home exams, written school exams, and oral exams.

Graduation requirements

The final graduation examination for the study programme is the Bachelor thesis (SP240L).

Programme evaluation

There will be an internal evaluation of the programme at the end of the term. In addition, we ask that students take part in centrally administered evaluation.

Qualifications requirements and regulations