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English Studies - Bachelor's Programme

Bachelor's programme · 3 years · 180 credits


There is a great demand for people with a strong knowledge of English. English is important for working life, and it has a powerful presence in media and in public spaces. The bachelor's program in English Studies at Lund University prepares you to meet these economic and social demands with robust English competence.

What does the program include?

The program consists of six terms (three years) of study.  It comprises 180 credits and leads to the Bachelor of Arts in English Studies.  You study English for at least four out of six terms.  First, you study three terms of English in Lund.  Then, you may study one to two terms in an English-speaking country or study another subject for the same period in Lund.  The program concludes with a thesis in English with a specialization in literature or linguistics.  You may also choose to specialize in both English literature and linguistics.

In the Lund bachelor’s program in English, you will study with instructors who are also active researchers.  Accordingly, the program has a strong research foundation. 

These courses are required:

  • English Grammar, Vocabulary, Phonology, and Pronunciation
  • English Literature
  • Introduction to History and Culture
  • Academic Writing in English
  • Linguistic Analysis
  • Literary Analysis
  • English in Multicultural Society
  • English Film and Image
  • Elective courses inspired by the research specializations of instructors
  • Research Methods in Linguistics and/or Literature
  • Linguistic and/or Literary Theory
  • Bachelor’s Thesis


What can you choose to study in the program?

Beginning with term four, you make personal choices.  You may choose to write bachelor’s theses in both of the subject’s streams (i.e., English literature or linguistics).  One of the theses then becomes your degree project and you write it in term six (the final term).

If you seek to study in an English-speaking country, there are excellent possibilities through Lund University’s many exchange partnerships. If you do not study abroad, you instead take another subject for one to two terms.  The other subject can be another language or a subject such as history, film studies, philosophy, law, economics, comparative literature, political science or media and communication studies. 


What skills will you learn by doing the bachelor’s degree in English Studies?

After completing your degree, you will be able to do the following and more:

  • Communicate in written and spoken English with great accuracy
  • Seek out and understand information about the English language and English literature from sources of different types such as dictionaries, grammar books, non-fiction texts, and digital resources
  • Analyze the English language and English literature from a research-based perspective
  • Discuss your analyses with respect to previous research and theory in order to draw conclusions
  • Collaborate with colleagues and review their texts and presentations as well as assimilate feedback from colleagues about your own work
  • Work independently and solve problems to meet deadlines with self-discipline


What can you do with a degree in English Studies?

Some students enter directly into the workforce with positions such as information officers, administrators, public relations specialists or writers, and content developers in the gaming industry, among other possibilities.  Knowledge of English is needed in most professions.  As such, excellent knowledge of English will give you advantages on the job market.

Many who earn the bachelor’s degree in English go on to further studies that lead to professional qualifications as a teacher, translator or librarian.  Such programs are available at Lund University as well as other higher education institutions.

There are also additional study opportunities (master’s programs) in linguistics and literature.  They offer further scholarly depth into the areas of linguistics and literature, respectively, and they lead to qualification for doctoral study in these areas. 


More information can be found at

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Application opportunities

This Bachelor's programme is currently not open in an international application round


Programme Coordinator: Fabian Beijer, fabian [dot] beijer [at] englund [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

General and English 6

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: The general average (GPA) of your higher secondary school leaving certificate: 66 %, The Swedish national university aptitude test: 34 %. The University board has decided that applicants with equal merits (in the GPA group) should be seperated by the use of a valid result from the Swedish national university aptitude test.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

How to prove your English proficiency –

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies –

Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –


Study Options

There are no open applications at the moment.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
    Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies –
    Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –
  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 330 000

First payment: SEK 55 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Paying your application fee –

Exemptions from paying the application fee –

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations